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BBC composer celebrates five years of the Psalms Project

Award-winning BBC composer, Steven Faux, is staging a concert to celebrate five years of his compositions on the Psalms – the Psalms Project ...

Award-winning BBC composer, Steven Faux, is staging a concert to celebrate five years of his compositions on the Psalms – the Psalms Project.

Launched in 2009, this autumn sees the release of the next Psalms Project CD, Do not be far, and the beginning of the drive to fund the third and most ambitious part of the Project. The concert will take place at St Michael's Without in Bath, starting at 7.30pm. Steven will be joined by Cantilena, Bath’s prestigious county youth choir, and musicians Hannah Clair, Matthew Featherstone and Danni Miché.

The evening will include performances from the new CD, as well as some old favourites from Volumes 1 and 2, accompanied by short films that bring the story of the music to life, and a sneak preview of Volume 3, to be released next year.

Psalms Project

Having spent most of his career writing original music for TV and film scores, as well as orchestral-choral / filmic music for commercial release and live performance, Steven wanted to do some composing that would bring together his two vocations: composing music for media and being an ordained minister in the Anglican Church.

The result was the Psalms Project, a contemporary journey through the vivid landscape of the Psalms, told in the musical language of feature films.

Do Not Be Far

This latest addition to the Psalms Project collection, features original songs and remixed versions of old tracks, 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, through an array of voices and sounds, including drums, guitars, soprano sax and ukulele. 

A fantastic group of musicians have also contributed their own sounds to the CD: vocalists Tommy Blaize, of Strictly Come Dancing fame, and the blended voices of twins Hannah Clair and Matthew Featherstone. Also drummer Marc Jones, of up and coming band Kill it Kid, and the incredibly versatile Missak Takoushian.

The concert starts at 7.30pm on Saturday 8 November (doors open at 7pm).

Tickets cost £10, £6 concession and will be available to buy from the Bath Festival Box office ( 01225 463362); from the café or office at St Michael’s Church, Broad Street, Bath; and on the door.

Multi-awardwinning Steven Faux has written for more than 150 programmes since 1988, including David Attenborough’s Life of Birds (BBC1) and the award winning Reindeer Girls (BBC2). Recently Steven wrote the score for BBC 1’s ground-breaking series Earthflight, narrated by David Tennant, in collaboration with composer Will Gregory of indie band Goldfrapp, and for You Planet and Big Bugs, two high end 3D documentaries for Terra Mater Factual Studios – the Vienna-based wing of Red Bull Media.

He also undertakes large scale projects for BBC Network Radio, like the highly praised A History of the World in 100 Objects, and has worked with high calibre figures such as actors Diana Rigg and Adrian Lester, and politician David Steel on Empire’s Children for Channel 4. Steven’s drama credits also include the BBC2 production, Elizabeth David, a Life in Recipes.

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