John Dankworth (1927-2010): Light of the World

John DankworthIf you know the English jazz scene you probably think of the late John Dankworth either as a brilliant jazz composer and saxophonist or as Cleo Laine’s husband but his talents were too great and too broad to be confined to any one genre. His setting of Paul Wigmore’s "Light of the world" is a case in point it’s got a lovely gentle melody with harmonies that ebb and flow with the text. Enjoy :-)

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John Dankworth (1927-2010): Light of the World

Performers: Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum directed by Benjamin Nicholas

Text: Light of the world

Light beyond shadow, joy beyond tears,
Love that is greater when darkest our fears;
Deeper the peace when the storm is around,
Dearer the Christ to the lost who is found.

Light of the world, Jesus shining!
Sins of the world, see Him dying!
In our darkness, He is light, in our crying, He is love,
In the noise of life imparting peace that passes understanding;

Light beyond shadow, joy beyond tears,
Love that is greater when darkest our fears;
Deeper the peace when the storm is around,
Dearer the Christ to the lost who is found.

Paul Wigmore

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