Blow the Candle out
I have some special musical friends in the Silurian Choir who are based in Tewkesbury. Invitations to play for their concerts arrive several times a year, but in 2013 they asked me to write a piece for their Remembrance Sunday concert in Malvern Priory. As I looked around for a poem to set, it occurred to me that war was not a new invention in the 20th century; this led me to find a poem that reflects on the English Civil war. The resulting piece has four verses, each ending with the lines: So roll me in your arms, my love, And blow the candle out. Each time this is echoed by a distant semi-chorus – an attempt to portray our connections to those forbears who saw war centuries ago.