Thank you so much to everyone who came to our Christmas concert last night ✨ Here’s to 2019!
Don’t forget - our concert is tonight at 7.30 ✨ Doors will open at 7, so come along early to grab a seat and a drink from the bar (cash only!). We look forward to seeing you!
Only one week to go until our Christmas concert ✨ Hope to see you there!
🎥 Our final #LumenDeLumine composer film is founder Benjamin Thiele-Long with his setting of 'Dreams', a poem by American poet, novelist, and playwright Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar's work is known for its colourful language and a conversational tone, with a brilliant rhetorical structure. 'Dreams' is no exception and Benjamin's setting mirrors the reflective and comforting nature of dreaming, enhancing the text's colourful use of language, and enveloping the listener in Dunbar's imagination. Link in bio to watch!
Don’t forget, our Christmas concert is on Wednesday 12 December ✨ It’s free to attend, so invite your friends and put it in your diary 🎄Link in bio for more info!
🎥 Link in bio: The penultimate composer in our video series is the brilliantly talented Sam Olivier, whose piece ‘There is no dusk to be’ opens our #LumenDeLumine album perfectly. Sam sang as one of our tenors for just over a year, and we are proud to have been able to include his piece as part of the project. His setting of this stunning poem reflects the journey of life, the singularities of life and death that we must all experience, and the celebration of everything life brings in between.
Join us for A Festival of Christmas - featuring In The Bleak Midwinter, Ding Dong Merrily On High, Bethlehem Down, Gaudete and festive readers from The Tower Theatre Company ✨ link in bio for more information!
🎥 Carmen's setting of ‘My people hath been lost sheep’, the text from Jeremiah, is a beautiful spiritual account of the Biblical story of Jews in Babylonian exile. The piece also translates equally to the way many of us feel in the present day. Watch our new video to hear Carmen talking about her piece from our #LumenDeLumine album. Link in bio 🎵
🎥 Barry Hopwood has been a member of Lumen for two years and was inspired to write The Lord’s Prayer for our visit to St George’s, Windsor Castle in 2017. Combined with his Agnus Dei, these two short prayers were perfect additions to our #LumenDeLumine album. Video link in bio!
Our Tudor by Candlelight concert tonight✨ thank you to all who came & keep an eye out for our upcoming Christmas concert too!
🎥 Michael's beautiful new setting of Beati quorum via sits at the heart of our #LumenDeLumine album. Its beautiful melodic lines and expressive harmonies bring a new interpretation to the well known classic text, made famous by Charles Villiers Stanford - however, we think that Michael's version might become the new favourite setting for choirs across the world. Follow the link in our bio to watch the video!
New video 🎥 Matt Wetmore talks about his piece O Sapientia from our #LumenDeLumine album. Link in bio! Matt Wetmore's beautiful piece, featured on the Lumen de Lumine album is a new setting of O Sapientia, the first of the Latin prayers known as the “O Antiphons”. The setting uses a motive of parallel sixths sweeping through lush chord changes throughout, transforming in various ways depending on the text. At last, at the climax, a third parallel line is added to the texture on the call for this wisdom to come and teach the world.
IT’S HERE! Our #LumenDeLumine album is now available to buy/listen to/download on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music 🎵 Grab your headphones and get listening! It’s a proud moment, and we’re hugely grateful to everyone who made this possible ❤️ link in bio
Details for our next concert, Tudor Anthems by Candlelight ✨Saturday 6 October | 7:30pm | St John on Bethnal Green
🎥 Find out more about 'The way of life' from our #LumenDeLumine album. Link to the video in our bio. Using the words of the Didache as inspiration, 'The way of life' builds on the mantra ‘do not thou to another’. At first keeping the chord spacing fairly tight, the piece then develops with the bass part moving downwards to create deliberately uneven chord spacing, reminiscent of the atavism that sits at the core of the text. The harmonic ambiguity and unresolved final chord illustrate the fact that on this, and other moral issues, we have a long way to go.
🎥 New video - watch Kit Grahame talking about his piece, Lullaby, from our #LumenDeLumine album 🎵Link in bio! Lullaby is a love poem by W. H. Auden, addressed to the speaker’s sleeping lover. It speaks of the fleeting nature of youth, the imperfections of humanity, and the hardships of life and love.
🎥 Find out more about 'Safe in the arms of He', a piece from our #LumenDeLumine album. Video link in our bio. Following the loss of her beloved nephew, Joanna couldn't help but put pen to paper and write 'Safe in the arms of He', which we are delighted to feature on our Lumen de Lumine album. This choral piece is soft and gentle, reflecting Oliver's character with the interwoven theme throughout of God’s hand at work in their lives. The words taken and inspired from their book; ‘Love Oliver’ and Joanna hopes it can be a blessing to those in similar circumstances.’