Sheet music download: A Christmas introit with two different tunes provided (full score) – from one of the Iona Abbey musicians.
In the darkness of the night Jesus came.
In the depths of our despair he appeared.
In the midst of human wrong right shone out.
A star gave light, a babe was born, a world to save …
Philip Fox has been Iona Abbey musician more than a dozen times, filling in for the resident musician when they have been on holiday. Since 1970, he has been a Church of Scotland organist and choirmaster; he is also the founder/conductor of the Lanark & Carluke Choral Union which in 2015 was one of the chosen choirs to sing in New York’s Carnegie Hall, celebrating ‘Martin Luther King day’. On that occasion, he and his choir were also invited by Donald Trump to sing to him at Trump Tower. About the experience, Philip says: ‘We didn’t take any money for this: I just wanted to show him that there are things which go beyond materialism. It was a witness.’ Philip Fox is an associate member of the Iona Community.
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