A Ceremony of Carols (2012)

Created for
Richard Alston Dance Company
Benjamin Britten
A Ceremony of Carols
Charles Balfour
Richard Alston
Speaking on BBC3's In Tune, Alston spoke about the music of A Ceremony of Carols:
"It has a wonderful directness. There are probably quite deep roots of feeling, rather than roots of nostalgia, because I was actually involved in the choir at school, that sound has a lot of power. That incredible purity you get…Britten was homesick and I think he had very strong feelings about his background and his country and I think that’s where the strength in the music comes from."