Festival Series 575 (publ. 2002)Duration: approx. 8:30
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor 5:17)
Celebration Overture was written for the ISB at the request of
Staff Bandmaster Stephen Cobb. He felt the band needed a new selection of contemporary tunes for its programme and I was very pleased to supply this piece.
A particularly quirky memory of this piece is being part of the ISB when the band played the piece at Regent
Hall SA in London (around March 2000).
I remember the audience breaking into laughter at the end of the first song (it ends in a light-hearted manner - but not that light-hearted!).
Then, during sensitive playing of the second song - a reflective song - one of the audio technicians on duty that day came on to the
platform (stage) in front of the band and proceeded to move microphone stands around.
It was like a scene from Morecambe
Anyhow, as you probably know, overtures are musical preludes to operas, acts of operas, ballets and other dramatic works. The idea of the overture is to familiarise the audience with the music within the opera or ballet they are about to see or hear. Themes and motifs from arias, choruses and duets are communicated through the overture before the production commences.
Clip by the Amsterdam Staff Band from their Album Rejoice, the Lord is King! (2004)
Celebration Overture clip (ASB).mp3
Sample score pages(right-click to download or open in a new window)
I am a new creation, no more in condemnation, Here in the grace of God I stand. My heart is overflowing, My love just keeps on growing, Here in the grace of God I stand.And I will praise You Lord, Yes I will praise You Lord, And I will sing of all that You have done. A joy that knows no limit, A lightness in my spirit, Here in the grace of God I stand. Dave Bilbrough© 1983 Kingsway's Thankyou Music.
There is a redeemer, Jesus, God's own Son,Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,Holy One.Thank You, O my Father,For giving us Your Son,And leaving Your Spirit-Till the work on earth is done.Melody Green © 1982 Birdwing Music/BMGSongs/EMIChristian Music Publishing/Adm. by CopyCare.
Let your light so shine that the darkness flies away,Darkness flies away,Yes, the darkness flies away.Let your light so shine that the darkness flies away,Yes, the darkness flies away.For when a lamp is lit is not hidden,But held up high where it gives out light to all.Yes, when a lamp is lit is not hidden,But held up high to give out light to all.Let your light so shine...Matt. 5:14-16 arr. Terry CamseyHappiness & Harmony no. 38
All heaven declaresThe glory of the risen Lord.Who can compareWith the beauty of the Lord?Forever He will beThe Lamb upon the throne.I gladly bow the kneeAnd worship Him alone.Noel and Tricia Richards© 1987 Kingsway's Thankyou Music.
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