For Christmas 2012, Richard McLester wrote a new carol called As The Star Appears. As a visual sculpture to accompany the first performance of the carol, he also designed a huge hanging star.
This was built over an 8 week period by Richard and a dedicated team of volunteers. Once built, the sculpture hung in the centre of the Nave at St Peter’s Parkstone Church for the whole of the Christmas and Epiphany period.
Both the carol and the sculpture were dedicated to the congregation and ministry team of St Peter’s, Parkstone, during their period of interregnum to reflect on the image of the Nativity Star as a Symbol of Hope.
To see more photos of As The Star Appears, click on the thumbnails from the gallery below…
To watch Richard McLester explain how they built the giant star sculpture in St Peter’s, Parkstone, click the video below. The video features clips from the carol As The Star Appears, sung by Alexandra Wehlau.
Scored for soprano duet, SATB choir and piano, the words of As The Star Appears are;