Sun Festival Carols

The next substantial work we are preparing for performance is Jenny McLeod‘s collection of Sun Festival Carols. These were written for a Sun Festival (does anyone remember this?) in Wellington in 1983. The carols are:

  1. Vulcan
  2. Ochre
  3. Azure
  4. Henna
  5. Gentian
  6. Indigo I
  7. Jade
  8. Indigo II

From this description of the Sun Festival, it appears that there were originally 7 songs, with Indigos I and II possibly later separated.

Capital Choir learned Indigo II many years back (it starts “Light of lights beholden”). The rest are new to most of us.

The choir is working from a copy of all 8 songs from SOUNZ. However on sites like YouTube the songs are best found under their individual titles. Here to whet your appetites is a performance of Vulcan by Euphony, Kristin School in the Big Sing 2011 final:




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  1. I am Wendy Crane. I came to your Tuesday concert very much to here the sun festival carols. I was in the premier, I am sure we were all at Oriental Bay, a beautiful evening, lots of choirs incl. from primary schools. I have sung them more recently too. I have sung Light of Lights as a duet at a wedding…….. They are all very special, and I honour Jenny and her brilliance.
    Thank you for a super evening. It was great. I did manage to stop singing too. Then the 2nd half there was such atmosphere for us all to sing our best.

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