|Instruments||soprano, alto, tenor and bass|
A Charm of Love was commissioned by Marcus Davey for his final Norfolk and Norwich Festival in 1999 and is dedicated to him. It was first performed by The Joyful Company of Singers. The piece lasts for 7 mins and was performed at 7 minutes to midnight on December 31st 1999, so that as the final chord died away, the clocks began to strike for the new millennium.
The text comes from Carmina Gadelica, a collection of prayers and charms collected in the highlands of Scotland during the 19th century, and is basically a good luck wish for the future.
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