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The Way of Light

[The Music of Nigel Hess]

Nigel writes: As a media composer working in film, television and the theatre, I have occasionally been asked to write music which isn’t paired with screen images – and now, in this CD retrospective collection, here is a selection of this stand-alone music performed by a wonderful cast list of stellar artists, many of whom are long-standing colleagues. Inevitably there are still a few connections with my ‘other’ musical world - the Kyrie is an arrangement of my theme from the film Ladies in Lavender, and the Lochnagar Suite started life as a ballet – but mostly these are pieces that allow listeners to create their own images. My huge thanks to everyone involved in this project – it has been a complete joy to put together.


BBC Concert Orchestra (Leader: Nathaniel Anderson-Frank)

BBC Singers

St.Catharine’s College Girls’ Choir, Cambridge

Metro Voices

Central Band of the Royal Air Force

Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth


Richard Balcombe, Sofi Jeannin, Duncan Stubbs, Nick Grace (conductors)

Emma Tring, Eleanor Grant (sopranos)

Christopher Bowen (tenor)

Piers Lane, Nicholas McCarthy (piano)

Benjamin Hughes (cello)

Sir Derek Jacobi (speaker)

Track Listing:
  • 01A Celebration Overture [2015]
  • 02Kyrie [2004/arr.2020]
  • 03March Barnes Wallis [2013]
  • 04'Jesu Joy' Variations [2008]
  • 05The Old Man of Lochnagar Suite [2007/arr.2019] : Scottish Dances
  • 06Lochnagar Suite : Dark Lochnagar
  • 07Lochnagar Suite : Dance of the Eagle
  • 08Live With Me and Be My Love [2018]
  • 09Nocturne [2015]
  • 10Chansons de Normandie [2014]
  • 11Arise My Love [1986]
  • 12The Lakes of Cold Fen [2017]
  • 13Benedictus [2009/arr.2011]
  • 14The Way of Light [1985]
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