Written for Birmingham Citadel Band to play at their annual carol concert at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, this piece tells the story of the Nativity using the carols ‘Who is he?’ and ‘Calypso Carol’ (Christmas Collection 16). Brief appearances are made by the shepherds (‘While shepherds watched’), the angels (‘Ding dong! merrily on high’) and the wise men (‘Three kings’ march’ and ‘We three kings of Orient are’). The music finishes with a majestic setting of the chorus of ‘Who is he?’, reminding us who the baby Jesus is:
‘Tis the Lord! O wondrous story,
‘Tis the Lord, the king of Glory!
At his feet we humbly fall,
Crown him, crown him Lord of all!