Music: Adrian Snell
Lyrics: Phil Thomson
Produced and arranged by Jon Birch and Adrian Snell
Light of the World is a unique blending of Christmas and
children and music - an inseparable celebration of all that
makes the story of Jesus' birth come alive. Here is a story
so familiar... and yet, as each new drama unfolds, revealing
in its rich lyrics and memorable music so many new dimensions,
as we are drawn into the personal joys and tensions of such a
momentous occasion. Joseph, totally baffled at Mary's
insistence that her pregnancy is from God; Mary, torn by such
conflicting loyalties; the long and arduous journey to
Bethlehem - 100 miles on foot and donkey; Herod's genocidal
jealousy; and, of course, the unbounded joy of God's children
at the birth of the Messiah, fulfilling centuries of prophecy.
The characters come vividly alive through accessible and
singable melodies - and timeless words which, in their poetry
are at once moving and honest. With a contemporary edge to the
production, and all the exuberance of a lively children's
choir, we are hearing the story as if it happened yesterday.
This release is a unique tribute to the popularity of an album
which first found its way into the hearts of listeners as
The Virgin in the early 1980's - commissioned for a
BBC Radio One Christmas
broadcast. Now, in this completely new recording, we have all
the vitality of the original songs to listen to - yet Light
of the World is also offered to us with a simple and direct
approach which 'invites' groups from all places and of all
ages to bring their own ideas to their presentations. To this
end, the album is available with sheet music and backing
tracks when required.
Light of the World is an essential part of the Christmas
canon, to be enjoyed on its own; yet, it will not be long
before it involves all the family, the school or college group
- even the whole community - in a fully staged work of
musical theatre, such is the inspiration and excitement generated
by this 'must have' portrayal of the Christmas story.
- Light of the World - Part 1
- From Ancient Times
- Love in My Life
- The Promise
- How Can I Explain?
- What A Love!
- What Do You Mean A Baby?
- All For Nothing
- Joseph's Dream
- My Heart Sings
- Journey To Bethlehem/No Room, We're Full
- Look At Us Now
- The Warning/Kill All The Children
- Simeon's Song/Son Of The World
- Light of the World - Part 2