The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge premiered a new commission, Refugee, on Saturday, January 20, 2024. The piece is based on a poem by Malcolm Guite and is the second piece of a Triptych commission for Joanna. This recording was captured during the Epiphany Carol Service.

The third piece, Still to Dust, with an environmental theme, will be premiered on 9 March 2024 at a special Lenten service.

We think of him as safe beneath the steeple,

Or cosy in a crib beside the font,

But he is with a million displaced people

On the long road of weariness and want.

For even as we sing our final carol

His family is up and on that road,

Fleeing the wrath of someone else’s quarrel,

Glancing behind and shouldering their load.

Whilst Herod rages still from his dark tower

Christ clings to Mary, fingers tightly curled,

The lambs are slaughtered by the men of power,

And death squads spread their curse across the world.

But every Herod dies, and comes alone

To stand before the Lamb upon the throne.

Refugee by Macolm Guite

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