for Unison Children's Choir and Tenor, SATB Soloists (the birds), optional dancers, and piano
With optional obbligato instruments - use some or all (violin, flute, cello, clarinet, horn, trombones)
Brother Francis (t), a monk, is working at the abbey at Christmastide. The children come in and beg a story of the Christ child ’s birth. After the children reject several of the well known stories they have heard before, Brother Francis tells them the story of the Birds of Bethlehem: When the baby Jesus was born, the birds came from every shore to offer their gifts to the child. The nightingale, the bluebird, the cucko,O, the owl, and the stork offer their gifts. Then the Evil One, in the form of a raven, comes and foretells the Passion and death of Jesus. But the dove appears lastly and bestows the message of hope and salvation.
Full of familiar carols, this INTERGENERATIONAL musical lasts 24 minutes. Your choir and congregation will love it!
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