The Coming Of Christ was a Mystery Play written by John Masefield in 1927 at the request of the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, based on the Christmas story. Holst's incidental music was composed at the same time, and published separately in 1928.
Gustav Holst (1874-1934) was an English composer and teacher. Having studied under Stanford and Parry, he became a close friend of Vaughan Williams – they would often critique each other’s work – and influenced composers such as Tippet and Britten. He is best remembered for his Planets suite.