A contemporary journey through the vivid landscape of the Psalms, told in the musical language of feature films. We are drawn into a world of joy and praise, danger and abandonment, and, finally, restoration and affirmation.
‘Now in its sixth year, the Psalms Project has developed well beyond what I initially imagined and I’m thrilled by the new direction the music is taking, in exploring the changing emotions of the Psalms.’ Steven Faux
Do Not Be Far
The new album features original songs and new versions of old tracks, rerecorded with new singers, instrumentalists and arrangements to create an alternative style, which moves away from classical music and gets to grips with the life and soul of the modern city.
Volumes 1 and 2
Orchestral parts are performed by the COOL Orchestra (Chamber Orchestra of London) in Abbey Road Studio 2, London. Orchestration and conducting is by Alastair King, orchestrator and conductor on British TV’s Downton Abbey. Singers and instrumental soloists were recorded in Bath, England.
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The Psalms Project Five Years On
Last November, we celebrated five years of the Psalms Project with a live concert in St Michael’s Church.
It was a great success, with all tickets sold meaning organisers had to improvise by giving folk programs doubling as tickets, and visitors came not just from Bath, but from Bristol and Wales and further afield.
The evening saw the official launch of Do Not Be Far, performances from Volumes 1 and 2, accompanied by short films that brought the story of the music to life, and a sneak preview of Volume 3, to be released next year.
Steven was joined by Cantilena, Bath’s prestigious county youth choir, and musicians Hannah Clair, Matthew Featherstone, Danni Miché, Missak Takoushian, Charlotte Hayden and Millie Johnston.
News of future performances coming soon!
Responses to The Psalms Project
‘I want to commend ‘The Psalms Project’, composed by Steven Faux. In twelve contemporary pieces of music it takes you on an extraordinary journey through some of the first forty Psalms. As I listened to the opening performance in St. Michael’s Bath, I found myself deeply moved. Just for a little while I realised that I had stepped aside and paid attention once again to the mystery and miracle of God. I had been refreshed and renewed!’
– Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton
‘Steven Faux’s musical mix of style and genre is most imaginative. What an uplifting experience!’
– Jane Jones, Classic FM radio presenter