Earlier this week I spent an afternoon recording - with Jimmy Tuffrey - the tenor and bass chorus parts of the first two scenes of Home By Christmas, Mark Lawrence and Claire Williamson's new dramatic cantata, to be premiered in the Colston Hall on 17th December. The soprano and alto parts have, I believe, been added by Beth Spilsbury.

The two scenes which we've done - and there are two more to come - are possibly the ones in which the chorus have the most to do. I can now authoritatively say that the chorus lines are very accessible, with some very nice lines, naturally inviting harmonies and good word-matching between tune and lyrics. 

But the secret is that they sound (and, if you're a music-reader, look) more complicated than they really are. 

A big well done to Mark and Claire - this is such a worthwhile project and I'm really looking forward to it all coming together. 

Home by Christmas is a new work by Mark Lawrence and Claire Williamson. 

I'm due to be singing the part of Sergeant Major in this dramatic cantata, which takes as its various points of contact the outbreak of the First World War, young singers (especially young men as soldiers) and Christmas. There's a strong football connection, too (may Steven Gerrard will now be free?), as the whole thing revolves around the famous Christmas Day match. 

I've seen the first draft of the score, and it looks as though it's going to be very melodic and exciting. 

The perfomers will include the Bristol Schools’ Philharmonia join UWE instrumentalists, while Gurt Lush Choir and UWE singers form the core of a massed choir. Soloists are young people from around Bristol, alongside professionals (and me). Conducted by Ian Holmes, it'll take place at Colston Hall on December 17th. 

Organised by Bristol Plays Music and others.