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On 4th February 2017, over 250 singers from Romsey joined Richard McLester to perform Songs Of The Light under THE LIGHT, a giant illuminated art installation. The full film contains the journey of The Light as well as behind the scenes footage. The interviews with the local community in Romsey taken at the end of 2016 will also be included. The film also highlights issues surrounding Mental Health, one of the main themes of the project in Romsey. The full film will be released for free onto YouTube. We hope it will allow those who took part the chance to relive the performance, and discover more about how the project came to be.
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Here’s a new track from Richard! One of Songs Of The Light, a subway proved the perfect location for the music video to Stars (Lead Me On)
Stars (Lead Me On).
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film-premiere-_-the-light-2015 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!
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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. Be Thou My VisionIn 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.

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Photos from The Light 2015! Photos by Beth Hewitt

Photos by Derek Moore
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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. a5_portrait_2s.indd 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 Thursday 26th November 7pm :: PERFORMANCE IN POOLE DOLPHIN CENTRE

Please use this as an opportunity to help spread the light!

Want to be involved? Use the form below to message Richard and let him know… [cfwc]


UNESCO _ Year of Light 2015 Logo The Light is officially part of the International Year of Light 2015, UNESCO.
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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.
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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
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richard-mclester-piano-riverbank As guests for the wedding of Paul and Philippa Chappell enjoyed champagne and canap├ęs, 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. For more information, visit the website; richard-mclester-piano-riverbank002-->