John Gordon Armstrong

Canadian Composer


Child of the Manger

Child of the Manger is one of two arrangements I did of music by Joanna Estelle, the other being The Water Canticle. Child of the Manger is a beautiful, original Christmas carol that has been performed successfully by a number of different groups. It was commissioned by The Cantata Singers of Ottawa for their Christmas concert in 1999 and premiered on Dec. 3, 1999.

The following recording was made in 2017 by the Capital Chamber Choir in Ottawa and is part of Joanna’s soon-to-be-released album of her music on the Navona label. It is presented here with her permission. For copies of the score, please contact Cypress Choral Music (Vancouver).

Composed in 1999 for SATB
Duration: 4 minutes
Advanced Student/Very Accessible
Published: Cypress Choral Music (Vancouver)