The Psalms Project Five Years On
This month marks five years of the Psalms Project and, we celebrated the occasion with a live concert in St Michael’s Church on Saturday 8th November.
A huge thank you to everyone who came along to the concert and made it a wonderful evening.
And a special thank you to the performers and everyone who volunteered to help in so many ways: selling tickets on the door, working behind the bar, moving chairs, selling CDs and clearing up afterwards, to name just a few.
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.
Through live music, recorded sound and film footage, the audience were drawn into the Psalmist’s world of joy and praise, danger and abandonment, and, finally, restoration and affirmation.
New Psalms Project CD
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.
The Psalms Project
A contemporary journey through the vivid landscape of 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.
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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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