A Brand New Musical written
by Paul Herrington, David Holme and Guy James
of Witney Inter-Church Singers
| The Background
In early 2006 Paul Herrington, the Musical Director of WICS, was struck by references in the media to the Prince of Darkness and he suggested to David Holme, a member of the choir, that it would be good to write a musical to counter this on the subject of the ‘Prince of Peace’. And so began a three-year journey. David worked his way through the theme of peace in the Old and New Testaments and wrote a total of ten poems which Paul started setting to music.
In 2007 Guy James became involved by composing music for some of the songs – his first experience of such things! The decision was made in the summer of 2008 to bring everything together with a view to production in summer 2009. Guy then started to write a drama script, Paul composed new tunes to two existing hymns, and much work was done on the computer to complete the vocal arrangements. Paul subsequently also composed all the orchestral arrangements. All in all, hundreds of hours of work went into this project before choir and drama rehearsals started in late April ready for the ‘world premičre’ on 27 June 2009!
The ‘World Premičre’
If you are interested in performing 'Prince of Peace', then please contact the Choir Administrator: . We will be pleased to send you attached versions of the script (a Word document) and the score (in PDF format).
Also available, if required, are full orchestrations for 12 instruments: Violin 1&2, Cello, Flute 1&2, Trumpet 1&2, Alto Sax, Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Drums, Piano.