The Way of the Lord
THE WORD MADE MUSIC
1611 – 2011
The recent discovery of an original King James Bible which had been left gathering dust on a shelf in St. Lawrence’s Church, Hilmarton, Wiltshire has probably started several “treasure hunts” in parishes across the land. The Bible, printed in 1611, is thought to be one of only a couple of hundred remaining in existence.
The Chester St. Cecilia Singers, who have successfully shared sacred music with audiences locally, nationally and internationally for over 40 years, are celebrating the 400th anniversary of Authorised Version of the Bible by singing some of the most beautiful and uplifting settings of its texts.
Although they cannot unearth your own King James Bible, they promise to bring you some of the greatest treasures of English church music. Their programme keeps the spirit and inspirational power of the original words in settings by composers who have responded to the richness of its language over the centuries.
They will be presenting a special 1611 programme from their 2011 series “The Way of the Lord” in conjunction with Chester Viols. This will feature vocal music by William Byrd and Henry Purcell as well as appropriate instrumental music.