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Richard Leigh

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2 performances.


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Past Performances




Audio

Seed (1) Brilliant Star
words: Abdu'l-Baha / music: Richard Leigh sung by Emma Lewendon and Rachel Major voice/guitar/violin/piano: Richard Leigh




Seed (5) My Healing
Words: Baha'u'llah / music: Richard Leigh Emma Lewendon, Rachel Major & Richard Leigh (voice) Ezzat Djalili (Arabic chant), Richard Leigh (guitar, piano) Peter Maguire (bowed guitar)




Hurdy-Gurdy (1)
Laride - the first movement from Hurdy-Gurdy written for 300 young string players of all abilities from beginner to advanced commissioned by NMPAT (Northants. Music & Performing Arts Trust in 2004




Seed (3) Blessed
words Baha'u'llah / music Richard Leigh Rachel Major & Emma Lewendon (voice) Richard Leigh (voice, guitar)




Stone of Stumbling
performed by Richard Leigh -violin, Anne Templer -percussion, Ollie Heath - didgeridoo, Kuljit Bhangra - tabla, Fleur Missaghian - violin




Thrift (Glory Be)
from the 1997 Finality Jack album Glory Be. Music Richard Leigh. Accordion: Becky Price / violins - Richard Leigh & TimPerkins




Seed (12) A Hundred Thousand Hopes
words Baha'u'llah / music Richard Leigh Rachel Major & Emma Lewendon (voice) Richard Leigh (voice, violin, piano, guitar)




Seed (6) Faith
words: Madame Rabbani music: Richard Leigh voice: Fleur Missaghian piano/kantele/voice: Richard Leigh




Hurdy-Gurdy (2)
Waltz - the 2nd movement from Hurdy-Gurdy written for 300 young string players of all abilities from beginner to advanced commissioned by NMPAT (Northants. Music & Performing Arts Trust in 2004




Lin-lan-lone (Glory Be)
from the 1997 Finality Jack album - Glory Be. Music: Richard Leigh. Accordion: Becky Price, Cittern: Tim Perkins, violin: Richard Leigh




Han Ter Dro (Glory Be)
from the 1997 Finality Jack album Glory Be. Music: Richard Leigh. Accordion: Becky Price, Violin: Tim Perkins Violin: Richard Leigh




Hurdy-Gurdy (3)
Invocation - the 3rd movement from Hurdy-Gurdy written for 300 young string players of all abilities from beginner to advanced commissioned by NMPAT (Northants. Music & Performing Arts Trust in 2004




Hurdy-Gurdy (4)
Bourree - the 4th movement from Hurdy-Gurdy written for 300 young string players of all abilities from beginner to advanced commissioned by NMPAT (Northants. Music & Performing Arts Trust in 2004




Seed (4) Home
words: Abdu'l-Baha / music: Richard Leigh sung by Emma Lewendon and Rachel Major / Richard Leigh (guitar/violin/accordion/piano)




Myriads (9) O Son of Spirit
SATB choir, Persian chant, harp, percussion, prepared piano - hiddenVoices (members of the Northants. county Youth Choir / Mina Beint (chant) Performed 2001




Seed (2) Waves of the Sea
words: Abdu'l-Baha / music: Richard Leigh sung by Emma Lewendon and Rachel Major voice/guitar/viola/piano/kantele: Richard Leigh




Devina Divine (Glory Be)
Devina Divine from the 1997 Finality Jack album -Glory Be. Music: Richard Leigh. Accordion: Becky Price, Cittern: Tim Perkins, violin: Richard Leigh




The Earth is the Lords
Richards (2001) commission for SATB which sets Sanscrit, Christian & Arabic texts. The recently completed Rivers has grown from this piece. Sung by members of the Northants County Youth Choir.




Myriads (8) O Son of the Wondrous Vision!
SATB choir, Persian chant, harp, percussion, prepared piano - hiddenVoices (members of the Northants. county Youth Choir/ Mina Beint (chant) Performed 2001




O Son of Earth!
music: Richard Leigh (1999) voices: Rachel Major, Emma Lewendon, Robert Ames. harp: Alison York first performed by Northamptonshire Baha'i Choir




Myriads (2) O Son of Being!
SATB choir, Persian chant, harp, percussion, prepared piano - hiddenVoices (members of the Northants. county Youth Choir/ Mina Beint (chant) Performed 2001




Mystic Bird - O Bird of Beauty!
from CD Mystic Bird (2003) chant (Mina Beint) voice (Emma Lewendon) piano (Richard Leigh) alto flute (Nick Planas)




List of Works
This list of works is taken from the records of concert details listed in our concerts section. It is not intended to be comprehensive, but serves as a useful link to recent performances of this composer's work.

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Richard Leigh Biography

The inspiration for my music comes from the scriptures of the many sacred traditions, as well as from world folk traditions. I am drawn to use music as a way to explore and express the underlying oneness of the world's great religions. My musical hero's are mostly western composers such as Bach, Ravel, Janacek and Part as well as the less celebrated Anon. Although I am a classically trained musician, I have spent many years writing and performing in the contemporary folk world, in bands such as Finality Jack, Mapaluna and Kai. Two events around 1999 dramatically altered by musical path, one was a trip to Swaziland in Africa, where I experienced the power of singing as an everyday reality, and the other was discovering the writings of Baha'u'llah. These texts, as well as the writings of His son Abdu'l-Baha and His forerunner The Bab, have become a well-spring of fascination. Sacred music has now become my focus.
Richard Leigh 15/09/10


Currently writing a multi-faith choral work Rivers for the centenary celebration of the visit of Abdu'l-Baha to the UK in 1912.


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