Visions of Paradise

1. In Paradisum
2. "Two doves upon the selfsame branch..."
3. Paradise Lost (Fragment I)
4. A Cider Song
5. Night
6. Paradise Lost (Fragment II)
7. Package Holiday Paradise
8. In Paradisum (Reprise)


Jointly commissioned by the Greater Manchester Police Male Voice Choir and Cantare, 'Visions of Paradise' uses the 'In Paradisum' movement of Faure's Requiem as a starting point and takes us on a journey through various incarnations of the idea of paradise; from heavenly afterlife, to peaceful solitude, all the way to the all-inclusive, Lambrini-fuelled 'Package Holiday Paradise'. of the penultimate movement. Although each movement explores very different images of Paradise, a common harmonic thread runs through the piece, and the recurring fragments from Milton's 'Paradise Lost' provide continuity and moments to reflect on the true meaning of Paradise.

SATB Choir, 2 Horns, Percussion, Harp, Organ, Strings
Commissioned by Greater Manchester Police Male Voice Choir and Cantare Ladies Choir
Year 2015
Length 20'
Performances:
- Cantare/GMPMVC
RNCM Concert Hall (Manchester)
June 2015