'Into the Light' was commissioned by, and is dedicated to Leslie Olive and the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, in celebration of the 1000 th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of St Edmunds, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. EAC is very much hoping to take part in the World Premiere at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on 24 October with Eye Bach Choir and the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, and soloist James Gilchrist. Of course that will depend on Covid 19 Guidelines. In the meantime, we will be rehearsing this deeply moving piece in our regular on line rehearsals.

Paul says' In composing this large-scale choral work in celebration of the 1000 year anniversary of the founding of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, as a source of text, I have incorporated quotes from The Rule of Saint Benedict, under whose doctrine the original Benedictine Abbey was founded, and woven them through verses from three Psalms; Psalms that particularly appealed to me, and were a source of inspiration in praising a devotion and love for God.

I have used Handel's beautiful 'Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne' ( a work I only recently discovered) as the basis for the opening movement; its regal qualities here take a step further with music that seems to embrace, and even enhance the splendour of devout belief. The work takes its title from the opening lines of Saint Benedict 'Let us open our eyes to the light that comes from God', and is in three movements, with the second movement being the dramatic core of the piece ( 'Out of the dephths I cry to you, O Lord') , flanked by two emotionally charged paeans in praise to the glory of God'.

The EAC has commissioned and sung several works by Paul Carr. Catherine Nasskau interviewed Paul in 2017, and you can read that fascinating interview here....

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