Hesketh's carols have been championed by such conductors as Ian Tracey (Chorus Master of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic chorus), Simon Halsey (Chorus Master of the City of Birmingham Symphony chorus), as well as notable figures in the Choral profession such as Brian Kay, David Wordsworth and David Hill.
"Christmas Tree Carol for SATB... is an excellent carol by Kenneth Hesketh (Novello). He sets some rather unpromising words by P. Cornelius and transforms them with his imaginative artistry. The piece is written in sonorous style - I can guess the orchestral version is exciting - and is mostly exuberant, but with some gentle moments too, making it a quite substantial piece."
"I much enjoyed looking at these pieces which possess vitality and 'popular' appeal without being vulgar or sentimental..."
Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music, King’s College Cambridge
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