BBC Singers, Ben Parry - In the Beginning
Live from Knightsbridge, the BBC Singers conducted by Ben Parry perform music associated with the Biblical story of Creation, and with one of the first things God created: light.
Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge
Presented by Catherine Bott
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.
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
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.