The Promised Light of Life

For CtTTBarB 
(2015) 4 minutes

Commissioned by Opus Anglicanum and premiered by the group at the Haslemere Museum, 12th December 2015. 


Christus est stella matutína, qui nocte saéculi transácta, lucem vitae sanctis prómittit, et pandit aetérnam.*

(Christ is the morning star, who when the night of this world has passed, brings to his saints the promised light of life, and opens to them everlasting day. Amen)

I am the bright and the morning star**

*From St Bede, Commentary on the Apocalypse)
**From The Revelation of St John the Divine


Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s The Promised Light of Life was similarly tender of timbre, but more comforting in spirit, the ensemble voices swelling and receding with organic oneness. This was a hypnotic conjuring of peace and everlasting assurance. Claire Seymour, Opera Today

Performance history (post-premiere)

28th December 2019 - The Gesualdo Six at Filharmonia im. Mieczysława Karłowicza w Szczecinie, Szczecin, Poland

30th November 2019 - The Gesualdo Six at Uppingham School, Uppingham, UK

29th November 2019 - The Gesualdo Six at St Peter's Church, Eaton Square, London, UK

24th July 2019 - The Gesualdo Six at Kulturzentrum Prediger, Schwabisch Gmund, Germany

19th July 2019 - The Gesualdo Six at The Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge, UK

24th April 2019 - The Gesualdo Six at the Slovenian Philharmonic, Ljubljana, Slovenia

15th February 2019 - The Gesualdo Six at Clothworkers Centenary Hall, University of Leeds, UK

14th December 2018 - The Gesualdo Six at St. John's Smith Square, UK

11th December 2018 - The Gesualdo Six at St. George's Hall Concert Room, Liverpool, UK

23rd November 2018 - The Gesualdo Six at St. John the Baptist Church, Rutland, UK

Recorded by the BBC Singers conducted by Katie Thomas in February 2018 along with eight of Cheryl's other choral works. These recordings were then broadcast over two afternoons during BBC Radio 3's Afternoon Concert programme on the 4th and 5th June 2018.

2nd September 2017 - The Gesualdo Six at St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol, UK

31st August 2017 - The Gesualdo Six at All Saints Church, Northampton, UK

29th August 2017 - The Gesualdo Six at Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, UK 

15th December 2015 - Opus Anglicanum at Chipping Campden Music