Watch artist and musician Richard McLester explain how they built the giant star sculpture in St Peter’s, Parkstone for Carols By Candlelight 2012. Features clips from As The Star Appears, sung by Alexandra Wehlau. The CD and sheet music is available to buy from our online shop.
On the evening of 9th December 2012, a spectacular service of Carols By Candlelight at St Peter’s, Parkstone in Poole, Dorset saw the premier of new Christmas carol, As The Star Appears written by Richard McLester. The carol, written for four-part choir was performed by St Peter’s, Parkstone Parish Choir accompanied by Richard McLester on piano and conducted by Kylie Hutchings. Beginning with a beautiful duet, the carol is split into 3 stanzas with the final stanza repeating the words from the first. The whole service was based around the theme of the Nativity Star as a symbol of Hope to the world. To that effect, Richard McLester also designed a huge star that hung above the congregation. Built by Richard and a dedicated team of members from the church youth group and choir, the star provided a stunning visual of shapes and light. * * * * * The carol is available on CD recorded by both Richard McLester and soprano soloist & Head Chorister of St Peter’s, Parkstone, Alexandra Wehlau. Accompanying the carol on the CD are 5 reflective improvisations on Christmas Carols performed by Richard McLester on solo piano. To buy either As The Star Appears on CD or as sheet music, do visit our online shop here.