“…[they] both enthralled and enlightened us.”
I’m genuinely excited about this: we’re hosting a performance of ‘The Bible in Voice and Verse’ in Buckden, with actor Lance Pierson, soprano Belinda Yates, and pianist Heather Chamberlain – most of their gigs have been at major festivals and Cathedrals, but they’re coming all the way here to the centre of the universe (Buckden, that is) on 19th June at 7pm. It’s basically a musical and dramatic journey through the King James Version of the Bible, which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year.
The King James (Authorized) Version of the Bible (1611) is simply one of the treasures of the English language. It’s “full of quotations” – most of us probably know quite a bit of it without even realising it. It was also the handbook for Christian worship and instruction in the English-speaking world for over 300 years, inspiring vast amounts of music, in hymns, spirituals and other musical works. “The Bible in Voice and Verse” is a unique presentation, created for this special anniversary year. The concert aims to celebrate the impact of the Bible in words and music. Lance recites key passages from the Bible interspersed with performances of famous pieces of music which those words inspired, performed by Belinda and Heather.
I so hope we get a full house for the performance. It’s a good thing to come to if you’re churchy, obviously, but also if you like the beauty of the language of the ‘traditional language’ Bible.
So, basically, if you’re anywhere near Buckden on 19th June at 7pm, please come! The tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) but that does include interval drinks! You can contact me in advance for tickets, or just turn up on the night.