SWORD IN THE SOUL

Seven short films from King's College Chapel, Cambridge

Philharmonia Voices marked the 500th anniversary of the completion of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge in 2015 with a sequence of seven short films.

 

Over the course of Holy Week 2015, the seven films were released online on the King's College website, juxtaposing the artistry of the Chapel’s stained glass windows with the compelling music of King’s alumnus Francis Grier (b.1955).  The films feature Philharmonia Voices in a specially recorded performance of Grier’s Sword in the Soul, a seven-movement Passiontide sequence for choir, organ and virtuoso cello solo, filmed for the project in King’s College Chapel itself.

 

The seven films last between two and five minutes each, exploring a different aspect or episode of the Holy Week narrative through the wealth of stunning detail in the stained glass images. The films were released one by one on the King’s College website during Holy Week, starting on Palm Sunday, 29 March and culminating on Easter Saturday, 4 April.

 

Philharmonia Voices worked with specialist classical music film-makers Polyphonic Films to create the films, which feature Sarah Suckling (cello) and David Goode (organ) as soloists. Aidan Oliver directs Philharmonia Voices in Francis Grier’s ravishing music.

 

The full set of films are now available to watch on the King’s College Chapel website here.

 

For a full press release about the project, click here.