Society sponsors U.R.C Choral work for 2011 Celebrations
part of the 2011 national celebrations for the 400th Anniversary of
the King James Bible, a new oratorio from a URC minister written for soloists,
choir and orchestra is being promoted by the Bible Society. Re:Creation tells the biblical story
using modern English text compiled by former Newham based Derek Wensley and is set to a musical score
written by the Surrey composer, David Perkins.
Part of the BIBLEFRESH initiative which is
supported by nearly 100 organisations to show how the Bible is being
re-presented in various modern arts and cultural forms, Re:Creation captures the
beauty of the oratorio format without having to sing or listen to Latin, German
or old English.
Re:Creation's London premiere at St John's Smith Square
in April 2009 involving 50 professional musicians was supported financially by Wessex and
Thames North synods and the URC Bookshop. The investment paid off as Luke
Walton, Bible Society's Arts Development Officer, approached Derek to make the work available
to choral groups wanting to mark the 400th anniversary event with a
21st century Biblical piece. "The
Bible has always inspired great artistic expression," said Mr. Walton, "but Re:Creation's fresh, contemporary libretto and score carry
that inspiration to a new generation"
General secretary Roberta Rominger, who is one of the oratorio's Patrons said "Re:Creation invites us into the world's
supreme story... of the love of God embodied in Jesus Christ. I cannot imagine a
better way to celebrate it through this vision which has brought an artistic
dream to reality"
are underway for presentations throughout 2011 at various venues including Bristol and Guildford Cathedrals, also inclusion in the
London Pentecost Festival and Kingston
on Thames Festival of the Voice. Re:Creation is written in five movements, using only
Biblical text, a flexible numbers of singers and a moderately sized orchestra.
Its composition is not over sophisticated, but in places quite demanding yet it
is well within the capabilities of professional musicians as well as good,
experienced amateur choirs, soloists and orchestras. In either its 60 minute
(abridged) or the 100 minute versions,
Re:Creation requires a mixed choir
(SATB), a minimum orchestra of 12 players and 5 Soloists. Excerpts can be presented
by a small choir accompanied by a skilful pianist, to which also could be added
organ accompaniment. With the added impetus of support from local churches
across the country and a national publicity programme, Re:Creation provides choirs
with a challenging and inspirational
new resource for their next year's choral programme.
and the libretto can be downloaded from the website:
packs and scores are available from the Librettist:
Derek Wensley, 59 Ashenden Road,
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XD
01483 836776 email: firstname.lastname@example.org