In 2015, artist Richard McLester and a small team designed a 4 metre globe called The Light. The installation hung in Poole Dolphin Shopping Centre over the Christmas period.
The Light was launched with a concert performance of Songs Of The Light – led by Richard McLester performing with a community choir conducted by Sam Hanson put together especially for the event.
During the event, a series of interviews with local community members was projected onto the globe.
Under film director Jordi Robert, the event was captured on film. Conical Sphere Media have since been editing the footage.
The result is a short film which tells the story of the performance & journey in 2015. The film includes The Lowly Candleflame – one of the highlights of Songs Of The Light – which features St Peter’s Parkstone Choir and members of the Wessex Youth Orchestra.
It’s a chance to see more of the community interviews, relive the performance and look forward to taking The Light to more communities.
Join us on Wednesday 28th September 2016
at The King Charles Inn (Banquet Hall) BH15 1JN, Poole Quay at 7.30pm. ** FIRST 30 PEOPLE GET A FREE DRINK!
The Poole Passion is performed every two years in Poole, Dorset and is a huge community undertaking. The two and a half hour production culminates in a song performed as the whole cast leave the stage following in the footsteps of the risen Christ.
In the weeks leading up to the 2016 production, Richard McLester re-scored and produced the hymn Be Thou My Vision to make an uplifting finale to the drama.
Soprano vocals are sung by Shannen Knutsen, a soprano soloist from the University of Winchester.
If you don’t get the chance to come to any of the live performances, or would like a keep-sake from the production, you can download the mp3 file below.
Download Be Thou My Vision
Just let us know your name and email, and you’ll receive the file automatically via an email link…
For 2015, Richard is building a new art installation called “THE LIGHT”. It will be a giant globe of light hanging in Poole Dolphin Shopping Centre over Christmas. There will also be a concert performance under the installation on the 26th November for Late Night Shopping Evenings in December.
Spread the light of Christmas throughout our Community!
The performance is designed to engage with our community and bring Poole Dolphin Shopping Centre to life! We want as many people involved as possible and so Richard would like to invite as many people to come and form a choir for the concert. Whether you are an experienced singer or someone who has never sung before, the music has been written to cater for all levels!
All of the music has been written by Richard McLester.
Local choral maestro Sam Hanson is leading the rehearsal/workshops and will conduct the choir on the day, with Richard performing on piano.
The rehearsals are open to all, and are completely free! No previous experience necessary.
Wednesday 30th September 7pm-8pm
Wednesday 21st October 7pm-8pm
Wednesday 4th November 7pm-8pm
Wednesday 11th November 7pm-8pm
Wednesday 25th November 7pm-8pm
Rehearsals will take place at St Peter’s Church, Parkstone BH14 0NN
Work 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.
As guests for the wedding of Paul and Philippa Chappell enjoyed champagne and canapés, Richard set the mood by playing continuously on a piano set outside on the beautiful riverbank.
After two hours, the guests made their way to the wedding reception marquee where Richard continued to play during the meal until the wedding speeches.
Bishop’s Court Farm is a beautiful manor house and gardens, set alongside the river at Shapwick, Dorset. As the river runs alongside the gardens, it provides the perfect setting for wedding guests to relax before attending the evening meal.