First performance of The Gift of Life

The Gift of Life is a six-movement choral celebration of the living earth and its creation. Setting a variety of sacred texts, including new words by the composer, the work includes the mystical ‘Hymn to the Creator of Light’, for double choir, as its central canticle. The surrounding movements offer a kaleidoscope of moods, from the spirited ‘O all ye works of the Lord’ to the majestic ‘O Lord, how manifold are thy works’ and culminating in the inspirational ‘Believe in life’.