On Saturday 8 March, JOB! – A Cantata by Michael Stephens was performed by the choir and orchestra of Holy Family Church, Benfleet alongside young choristers from Brentwood Cathedral Choir. The conductor was Liam Bates, who flew in from Ireland especially for the occasion.
Denise was delighted to attend the event and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. She particularly enjoyed the bluesy “Devil’s Song” and as the common saying goes – the Devil has the best tunes.
Andrew writes: “We took £292.55 in the collection which I hope will go some way to helping the people of Syria at this time. And we would certainly like to support this cause again through our music. It is so tragic to see the events unfolding there. And with the world at the moment being so full of difficulties of a similar nature, things like this are easily forgotten… So hopefully, Saturday evening went some way to keeping that candle burning.”
Photos: Chris Ellis
JOB! is a cantata composed in 1988 by Michael Stephens, a local musician and composer. It tells the story of the Old Testament Book of Job through 11 movements, from his position of great standing, through his darkest period of suffering and despair and to his old age when he regained his former glory. At all times, his faith is the centrepiece of the story.
The work features an eclectic mix of genres from lively Latin American and jazz rhythms, classical choral settings, soaring string adagios and modern ballads. A narration and haunting underscore links the 11 movements together forming a continuous piece of music.