\’Come down, O love divine\’

Paul Ritchie has signed a contract with GIA for the publication of his anthem \’Come down\’ O love divine. This large scale work was originally written at the request of Andrew Robinson for the RSCM Ripon and Leeds Area Festival held in Ripon Cathedral on 7th June 2014. It begins and ends with a choral fanfare based on a traditional African prayer, and these movements frame the hymn sung to Vaughan Williams\’ wonderful tune \’Down Ampney\’. The work includes linking passages for organ, a fauxbourdon setting for verse two, and a descant over an alternative harmonisation for verse four.