Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas Regalia...

The beautiful cathedral at Christmas, with the market at its feet, and the Regalia light and sound show on its majestic façade, celebrating the regal history of this 800-year-old edifice that was the coronation site of the kings of France.
"The Lamb" in William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1794), illustrated by Blake
William Blake Digital Materials from the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress

 I decided to take photos at dusk and dawn to make a video to set the images of the light on the cathedral to the beautifully haunting music of Sir John Tavener - The Lamb. Tavener's Song for Athene was performed at the funeral of Princess Diana by the Choir of Westminster Abbey...

                        Reims Cathedral - 'The Lamb' by John Tavener - sung by The Tenebrae Choir

The Lamb has been sung several times by The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge for their Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols which takes place each year on Christmas Eve. The version here, however, is sung by The Tenebrae Choir. More impressive than my video-making attempts was the Regalia show, needless to say!

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