Richard conducts choirs at Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral 18th August 2015
Conducted by Richard McLester, 17 choristers from St Peter’s Parkstone and 10 from St Peter’s Bournemouth came together on Tuesday 18th August to sing Choral Evensong in Salisbury Cathedral.

The choir sang Psalm 94, Noble in B minor (for Setting of the Canticles), The Lord’s My Shepherd (by Howard Goodall) and Responses by Richard Seal. Organist for the evening was Bev Manning.

Preview the Music Video “Resurrection”

Taken from the Album The Road To Golgotha, this is the official music video to Resurrection.

Written, produced and performed by Richard McLester.

The Road To Golgotha is a feature length CD with music that accompanies Christ from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion and Resurrection. For more information, click here!.

Photos from BBC South Today Interview


Here are some of the photos taken on the day that BBC South Today came and interviewed Richard McLester about the giant Advent Wreath Lumin-Essence.

Haven’t seen the video? Here’s the link to Youtube;

Music Video for We Have Fallen

Taken from the Album The Road To Golgotha, this is the official music video to “We Have Fallen (Over The Edge Of The World).

Written, produced and performed by Richard McLester, the film features vocalist Alexandra Wehlau, as well as actors Ann Balaam and Hannah Pool.

The Road To Golgotha is a feature length CD with music that accompanies Christ from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion and Resurrection. For more information, click here!.

Watch Richard McLester appear on BBC South Today!

bbc-south-today-logoJo Kent & BBC South Today News broadcast “live” from St Peter’s Church, Parkstone with artist, composer & musical director Richard McLester and Rector Father Michael Camp.

The artistic installation, titled Lumin-Essence is a giant advent wreath (measuring 4 metres in diameter) evoking memories of the fallen during the world wars.

Designed by Richard McLester specifically for Christmas 2014 (and the centenary of the First World War), presenter Jo Kent delves deeper into the story behind the artwork and community.

The project has been proudly sponsored by Coleman Insurance Brokers & Lumin-Essence Candle & Gifts Shop.

Listen Again to Richard speaking on BBC Radio Solent

Tim Daykin _ BBC Radio Solent

Click below to hear Richard speaking on BBC Radio Solent about the advent wreath… (includes extracts of The Lowly Candle Flame, written by Richard McLester & sung by treble soloist Zach Bullock)

Images of the double-star Advent wreath “Lumin-Essence” designed by Richard McLester. The central star lowers to the ground to allow the candles to be lit. Proudly sponsored by Coleman Insurance Brokers and Lumin-Essence Candle & Gift Shop (Poole Dolphin Centre)

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Work on Lumin-Essence Wreath begins

Lumin-Essence-Wreath_webWork on the sculpture for the 2014 Carols By Candlelight service at St Peter’s Parkstone has begun. Called Lumin-Essence, the design involves two independent double stars (or Star of David’s) with a large candle suspended within the centre.

With the diameter of the outer star at 4 metres, design allows for either part of the wreath to be lowered to the ground.

“This will allow us to light 4 advent candles around the wreath every Sunday in the build up to Christmas” explains Richard McLester, the artist behind the sculpture. “It will also enable us to bring the central candle all the way to the floor, light it and then float it high in the nave of the church.”

Members of St Peter’s, Parkstone congregation Jon Dowty and Mike Wallis have taken up the task of making the sculpture reality, with more volunteers coming in later in the month to help decorate the sculpture with hundreds of poppies and barbed wire.

[Above] Jon and Mike begin the building of Lumin-Essence. The structure gives a total diameter of 4m.

This project is proudly being sponsored by Coleman Insurance Brokers and Lumin-Essence Candle & Gifts

Road To Golgotha Evening at Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster _ Richard McLester

Thank you to Wimborne Minster for hosting Richard McLester running another of his Road To Golgotha Reflections Evenings. It was great to meet new people and explore the music from The Passion that Richard has composed and produced.

The next confirmed date is St Peter’s Bournemouth, 30th March 2015 – although more dates are pending! For all dates, click here…

Road To Golgotha Review

The following review appeared on Cross Rhythms on 3rd September 2013…

Cross-Rhythms-RadioI found listening to this, the soundtrack for the 2014 performances of the Dorset community theatre project The Poole Passion, a very powerful and moving experience.

It works perfectly well without the acting, although it made me want to go to Poole and see their next Passion production. The music is taken from many sources but the recording still makes a refreshingly different whole. I was captivated from the first few notes Alexandra sings on the opener.

There is a strong Middle Eastern soundscape with Aramaic and Latin being used, the latter being intoned by guest baritone Jonathan Prentice on “Golgotha” and “Sanctus”. “River”, “Lament Of The Tenebrae”, “We Have Fallen” and “Eleutheria” are more hymn-like songs with strong melodies and memorable lines.

“Lament Of The Shalmaj” is my favourite, a setting of the Lord’s Prayer. The medieval shawm opens with raw power keening over a ground tone, followed by the exotic sounding Aramaic setting. Complete magic!

“Gethsemene” opens with the violin in the wilderness and leads to relentless drums which build and build before Richard gives us the pain-filled prayer in the garden. There are more exciting African drums in “Golgotha” for the crucifixion. “Resurrection” takes simple Latin words while breathless hope becomes triumphant certainty.

Thoroughly recommended.

Reviewed by Stella Redburn, for Cross Rhythms