All in the April Evening
All in the April Evening, 3-5 octaves, compatible with SATB version, level 3, 2003, Roberton Publications, code 95514
This arrangement is compatible with the vocal 4-part choral classic by Sir Hugh S Roberton but can also be performed with handbells alone. It employs echo, mallet, thumb-damp, LV, mallet-roll, suspended mallet and brush-damp handbell techniques. Sir Hugh Roberton (1874-1952) conducted the most famous of all Scottish choirs, the Glasgow Orpheus Choir, for all of its 40 years and over a thousand concerts, and he composed or arranged hundreds of songs and part songs, many of them for the Glasgow Orpheus Choir. Some of these like All in the April Evening, have become "standards”. Roberton composed this telling, but simple Easter message at a time of great personal tragedy, and it is probably one of the most famous of all choral songs. He was knighted in 1931. The request to make this arrangement for handbells came from Hugh Roberton’s son, Kenneth Roberton, who himself was a conductor of note and founder of the Roberton publishing business. This arrangement was premiered in concert at the end of the National Residential Ringing Week at Dunblane Cathedral on Friday 1st August 2003.
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