Cecil Frances Alexander was born in Dublin and her husband was an Anglican bishop who she accompanied throughout his Irish travels. She wrote over 400 hymns, her most famous collection, Hymns for Little Children, was published in 1848 and it was here that "Once in Royal David’s City" first appeared. The city, of course, is Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and of His ancestor King David. Michael Brand’s new setting is a call and response with a gospel style chorus.
Click here to listen and view the score