The Te Deum :
Innovative in its juxtaposition of styles, this trilingual classical-jazz-gospel setting by of the beautiful ancient prayer of the Te Deum combines 3 contrasting vocal ensembles singing in English, French and Latin, accompanied by piano, percussion, double bass and saxopone. With its seamlessly connected musical diversity, the composition engages a broad public in an exciting journey of spiritual and cultural discovery around a text which combines praise of the Creator God with recognition of our human frailty. The work lasts around an hour, in 12 movements.
Features the award-winning Bath Camerata : the English and French jazz-gospel vocalists and musicians include members of Swingles, Get Gospel, Kingdom Choir and regulars at Ronnie Scott’s, instrumental arranger and pianist Dave Leonard Cooke, percussionist Pedro Segundo, double-bass player Tom Walley and saxophonist Pete Long.
Distributed by Bayard Musique and Pias (Harmonia Mundi distribution)
'The audience reaction says all you need to know about the performances: this is a work that speaks to people and engages them. I’m certain it has a long future and will continue to bring audiences to their feet.' Benjamin Goodson
A 'chef d'oeuvre'. The performers were fully engaged; not exterior to the work, but immersed in it. A real feast. (Michel Wackenheim, archdeacon of Strasbourg Cathedral)
An atomic bomb! The harmonies, hard to describe, touch the depths of the soul, suspended in time. I have no words to describe the feelings and the impact on my life. In instrument of resurrection. Thank you.
Transcendent – crafted in gold – a musical description of heaven – between heaven and earth – dazzling.
I had no idea what to expect, but I didn’t expect this! Tonight, the complementarity of styles showed me that difference of tradition doesn't need to be a source of suffering – we can live our diversity harmoniously.
‘A free universe without barriers’ Réforme – ‘‘A delicately worked, thoughtful piece’ La Croix – ‘Ma-gi-stral. A diversity which explodes in every domain… musical, devotional, atmospheric, temporal… a reconciliation of styles, traditions, history and modernity.’ Regards Protestants – ‘An explosively successful gamble’ Chantons en église – ‘Colossal’ Paul & Séphora ‘A manifestly worshipful and passionate work’ – Church Times ‘A work of brilliance and depth ’ Christ Seul