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The Wakefield Nativity
for tenor voice and chamber organ.



The Wakefield Nativity, or Christmas Crib, was designed and made in the 1950s and restored in 1999. It is the work of the sculptor Austin Wright and the weaver Theo Moorman. It departs from the conventional representation by substituting the Shepherds in the central group, with the Three Wise Men. Who, following the ancient tradition, are depicted as the Three Kings, thus anticipating the Epiphany which concludes on Twelfth Night.

The setting is that of a seven-roomed open structure, similar to some of the buildings in which the Nativity was housed by painters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Above the central panel can be seen the

shepherds, stirred by the excitement of the scene below. A number of figures suggestive of the present time are shown: in the top left-hand panel a choir sing their carol of praise, others gaze at the star while, on the right on the ground floor, is represented the Family in every age, who find Bethlehem their inspiration and assurance.

The surrounding tapestries, designed and woven by Theo Moorman add to the scene various Christmas motifs, including a representation of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin. The whole setting draws attention to the central figures of the Holy Family, with the Babe in his Mother's arms, and contributes to the mystery and reverence of the theme.

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