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BBC Singers, Ben Parry - In the Beginning

Location: England, United Kingdom
Voicing: Mixed
Monday 29 April 2013 7.30pm (1830 GMT)

Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge
Presented by Catherine Bott
Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

The BBC Singers, conducted by Ben Parry, explore music associated with the Biblical story of Creation - and with one of the first things God created: light.

including I AM Alpha and Omega - sheet music available from 1equalmusic:

Ben Parry: The First Day (first performance)

John Rutter: Hymn to the Creator of Light

Ligeti: Lux aeterna

Lassus: Verbum caro factus est

Copland: In the beginning

8.15 Interval Music

Sheppard: Verbum caro factus est

Jonathan Dove: Vast ocean of Light

Jonathan Rathbone: O nata lux

Antony Pitts: I AM Alpha and Omega

Gabriel Jackson: In the beginning

BBC Singers
Stephen Farr (organ)
Ben Parry (conductor)

Making his debut with the BBC Singers, Ben Parry - recently-appointed Director of the National Youth Choir - appears as both composer and conductor in this concert which explores music derived from the Biblical words 'In the beginning'. This is the phrase which begins both the Creation story in the Book of Genesis at the very start of the Bible, and also reveals - in language both poetic and mystical - the nature of Christ's incarnation at the opening of the Gospel of St John. Music by two Renaissance masters is paired with works by composers from our own day (including the first performance of a piece by Ben Parry himself), setting words from Genesis and St John's Gospel about Creation and Incarnation, and about the biblical image which links both those things: light.

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