The SCOTTISH NATIONAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA
SPIRIT OF LIGHT
composed by TOMMY SMITH
KURT ELLING and CAPPELLA NOVA
Spirit of Light is a celebration in music and song that combines the sacred and the secular in an illuminating new work composed by Tommy Smith
Inspired by the seasonal iconography of the Star, Three Kings, Christmas Night, Winter Snow and the dawning of Christmas Day, it features settings of poetry by eminently humanitarian writers, Rainer Maria Rilke, Norman MacCaig, Robert Frost, Franz Wright, Jim Heylen and St. Francis of Assisi.
Celebrated jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and ten voices of Cappella Nova will join the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to celebrate this new music, and we warmly welcome audiences, young and old, to share in this extraordinary choral and orchestral jazz experience.
Kurt Elling is a profoundly versatile American singer and a multiple Grammy Award winner who is recognised worldwide as a leading figure in jazz. He is noted for his ability to transcend genre through his dedication to the power of song and the strength of great melody.
Cappella Nova is Scotland’s finest choral ensemble, noted for its unrivalled reputation as champion of Scotland’s unique treasure of early vocal music and dedication to original music by contemporary composers like James MacMillan or John Tavener.
Tommy Smith is a leading light in European jazz, first and foremost as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation, and latterly as the founder and director of the SNJO and he will join the orchestra as their principal soloist.
The songs of Spirit of Light summons the traditional, the hymnal, the poetic and the modern for a series of memorable performances in the acoustic splendour of Scotland’ finest Cathedrals.
At the turn of the year, a time for reflection and observation, Spirit of Light is the sound of hope restored and optimism renewed with strong messages of lasting peace, quiet joy and genuine understanding.