On the Sixth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me: Six Geese a-Laying. This gift is rooted in the book of Genesis, the first story found in the Bible. Each egg is a day in creation, a time when the world was “hatched” or formed by God.
I learned this contemporary setting of the Ave Maria in the autumn of 2016, ready for a tour to Belgium with the Manchester Chorale. We were due to sing it during a mass at a large church in Beveren, near to Antwerp. Written in Latin by a young Norwegian composer, the text is … More Second Eve – Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)
I don’t know if any of you have watched Star Wars films? I’m not a huge fan but I caught them in the early days. There is a striking scene where Luke Skywalker talks to Darth Vader who tells him “Luke, I am your father” … More From Despair To Destiny