On the evening of 9th December 2012, a spectacular service of Carols By Candlelight at St Peter’s, Parkstone in Poole, Dorset saw the premier of new Christmas carol, As The Star Appears written by Richard McLester.
The carol, written for four-part choir was performed by St Peter’s, Parkstone Parish Choir accompanied by Richard McLester on piano and conducted by Kylie Hutchings.
Beginning with a beautiful duet, the carol is split into 3 stanzas with the final stanza repeating the words from the first.
The whole service was based around the theme of the Nativity Star as a symbol of Hope to the world.
To that effect, Richard McLester also designed a huge star that hung above the congregation.
Built by Richard and a dedicated team of members from the church youth group and choir, the star provided a stunning visual of shapes and light.
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The carol is available on CD recorded by both Richard McLester and soprano soloist & Head Chorister of St Peter’s, Parkstone, Alexandra Wehlau.
Accompanying the carol on the CD are 5 reflective improvisations on Christmas Carols performed by Richard McLester on solo piano.
To buy either As The Star Appears on CD or as sheet music, do visit our online shop here.
How The Star Was Made
To see Richard McLester explain how the star was made and to preview the carol, watch this short film...
On Friday 14th September at 7.30 in Romsey Abbey: David Owen Norris will present “My Oratorio-with-a-Difference, Prayerbook”.
It features a Calypso sung by the Choristers of New College Oxford, and a comedy Fugue sung by the top Barber-Shop Quartet Over-the-Bridge, to words from the back of the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer about who you’re not allowed to marry, beginning ‘A man may not marry his grandfather’s wife’.
The Waynflete Singers, one of the best choirs in the country, will be accompanied by glittering brass and percussion, by the mighty Romsey organ, and by the prize-winning Navarra String Quartet. The international operatic baritone Peter Savidge is the soloist.
The piece has its serious moments too, of course – it begins with a thought-provoking phrase from 1549: ‘There was never any thing by the wit of man so well devised, or so sure established, which in continuance of time hath not been corrupted’. At which point the chorus Hisses – the first time this effect has been used.
Tickets are £15, £12 and £10 and the composer, David Owen Norris, will be conducting the performance himself. For more information, do visit the website www.davidowennorris.com/prayerbook
Well the New York Times Style Magazine was impressed with the Billy Buffalo, Giro Giraffe and Ellie Elephant! The animals are on display with the rest of their creator’s toys at Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ Toy Gallery in Paris no less! And for good reason. Designed by the famous Czech toy designer Libuse Niklova (1934-1981), the animals can be used as children’s chairs or pool toys. And not just for kids. Because of their happy design there are students who have them in their rooms at Uni and they sit next to the telly in living-rooms. They even tour with a rock band. How cool is that?
These animals have their place in history but are here again today made with the original moulds by the big Fatra company (better known for roof tiles) and now produced with the European safety CE mark,. They are a true mix of beautiful, practical design and real toy that children love.
Independent florists Fleur De Lys based in Poole, Dorset will be joining us in our Shopping Village very soon.
Selling a wide range of beautiful bouquets, the shop also run a very professional nationwide delivery service. If you are looking for something with an extra spark of creativity, then Fleur De Lys will be your shop to go to.
Fleur De Lys Flowers have already been providing the beautiful roses sitting alongside our Valentine’s Day Gift Boxes available from The Village Vine. We look forward to presenting the rest of their online range to you.
For more information, have a look at the new Fleur De Lys website;
Alternative rock band Oposium have today announced that they will be releasing new music early next year.
A spokesman for the band said today that the group have been been writing new material for the past couple of months and are getting ready to release the new tracks. In a move that emulates many of todays top music producers, the band will probably be releasing one track a month for 6 months.
Oposium became known last year as the band who set their piano on fire during live performances. The group have also been known to sail pianos into the sea and it’s quite possible that 2011 will see yet more piano “activity”. A source close to the band said that “the band are very pleased with the new music that is coming out of recent sessions. They seem very relaxed about the whole thing and the music is benefitting as a result”.