In The Bleak Midwinter is a work by Paul Mealor for Unaccompanied SATB Choir, taken from 'To Seek Where Shadows Are'. Commissioned by John Armitage Memorial and Pro Coro Canada, the work sets words from the poem by Christina Rossetti, and a full performance lasts around 4 minutes.
Paul Mealor’s lovely setting of In the Bleak Midwinter demands excellent tuning. To create such rich harmony, each section of the choir divides – the bass line into three in addition to a baritone solo. The range of each voice part is substantial from a top B for sopranos to a low E (and optional B) below the stave for basses. Despite the demands of range and intonation, choirs who master this piece will be rewarded. This is a beautiful addition to the Christmas repertoire. - Sunday by Sunday