A multi-faith sacred choral piece, bringing together a live youth choir & a virtual choir of people from all faiths and cultures from around the world to celebrate our spiritual inter-connectedness.
Funded by the Arts Council England, Rivers is an hour long piece with moving image, that sets scripture from 8 world religions, performed by a live and online virtual choir.
The core of the text for the piece is formed from the iconic “I Am…” statements made by each of the faiths great Teachers such as Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad etc. alongside poems from George Townsend and Frederick Tennyson which develop the analogy of the rivers representing the many sacred traditions of the world.
Each tradition is placed chronologically and the ‘I Am…’ musical motifs of the faiths accumulate and inter-weave with the former motifs, creating increasingly elaborate choral tapestries as the work progresses.
Audio Production-Ian Riley
Moving Image-Lou Armitt
Graphic Design-Peter Maguire
Production Consultant-Alex Leith
Sole Studio’s Northampton
The performance of the piece coincided with the centenary of the historic visit of Abdu’l-Baha to the UK and the West between 1911 and 1913 following 40 years of imprisonment in Palestine, to share his teachings on the shared spiritual unity of all religions and nations.
The main body of the work was performed by the award winning Northants. County Youth Choir along with solo voices, harp, prepared piano, Shamanic gongs and percussion.
Performance – St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
Date – 7th September 2013
Watch Rivers in full on the Video page
See the programme booklet with lyrics here