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Patrick Hawes

Publisher: Novello & Co

Towards the Light (2006)
Commissioned by Classic FM
Novello & Co Ltd
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Patrick Hawes Towards the Light (2006)
The inspiration behind the pieces in this collection has come in many shapes and forms. In the autumn of 2005, I moved to the Norfolk coast, and the expansive skies and constantly changing light have certainly played their part. So, too, have my Christian faith and the individuals with whom I share my daily life. My passion for English literature and poetry accounts, to some extent, for the lyrical nature of many of the pieces, though I have often been reminded that the piano really does ask to sing as an instrument. As a result, some of the pieces are in effect ‘songs without words’.
Patrick Hawes

Towards the Light for solo piano consists of the following individual pieces:

Towards the Light
My Beloved Spake
Ave Maria
Ebb Tide
Song of Innocence
Sleep Song
The Time of Sacrifice
The Gift

Over the past few years, Patrick Hawes has emerged as one of the most popular contemporary English composers. Within weeks of its release in 2004, his debut album Blue in Blue stormed the classical charts and was made CD of the week on Classic FM. Subsequently, it was voted the fastest and highest new entry into the Hall of Fame by the Classic FM audience. As Classic FM’s Composer in Residence for 2006/7, he was commissioned to write the twelve Towards the Light piano pieces that appear in the collection book NOV956659. And there are four extras, three of them piano arrangements of earlier works by Hawes: Pavane, from the film The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie, Quanta Qualia and Reflexionem featured in their original form on the album Blue in Blue, and Annunciation from the recent Classic FM double-CD release The Quiet Room. Towards the Light can be heard on Classic FM CD.

  • Soloist(s)
    Patrick Hawes
    Classic FM:
  • 14 MAR 2008
    Cadogan Hall, London
    English Chamber Orchestra
    Erica Eloff soprano, Harriet Williams mezzo-soprano, Thomas Walker tenor, Conventus, Tallis Chamber Choir; Patrick Hawes, conductor
  • 23 APR 2007
    Towards the Light World Premiere
    Towards the Light Tour
    St. James' Church, Piccadilly, London
    Patrick Hawes

    Other Dates:
    27 April - St. Andrew's Church, Rugby
    28 April - St. Paul's Church, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire
    29 April - St. Petroc's Church, Bodmin, Cornwall
    2 May - Bath Abbey, Bath
    5 May - St. James the Greater Church, Leicester
    11 May - Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury, Gloucester
    12 May - St. Michael and All Angels Church, Mount Dinham, Exeter
    26 May - St. Margaret's Church, King's Lynn
    1 June - St. Mary's Church, Swansea, Wales
    2 June - Wimborne Minster, Wimborne, Dorset
    8 June - Swinstead Church, Borne, Lincolnshire
    12 June - St. James' Church, Louth
    14 June - Parish Church, Liverpool
    15 June - Worstead Church, North Walsham
    16 June - Brockhall Concerts, Northamptonshire
    20 June - St. Mary of Charity, Faversham, Kent
    22 June - St. Michael's Church, Alnwick, Northumberland
    23 June - All Saint's Church, Middlesbrough
    25 June - Paisley Abbey, Paisley, Scotland
    27 June - Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton

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