In 2015 we created The Resurrection, a new gospel music 'oratorio' telling the Easter story, which we performed live in an unforgettable sold-out show at the Jazz Café.
We set the Resurrection narratives according to St John and St Luke to the style of contemporary gospel music. But we also tried to follow in the footsteps of the greatest Christian musician of them all, J. S. Bach, by using the best-loved worship songs of our time. The gospel songs we chose were used as vehicles to narrate, to elucidate and to enthral, in a two-act show.
Several members of the Soul Sanctuary 'family' collaborated to create this work, in particular, one of our altos, Ellen Havard, who until recently was Artist-in-Residence at the Oxford Playhouse and who was our principal dramaturgist, lyricist and book writer. Our soloists, playing the parts of Christ, Peter, John, Mary of Magdala, Thomas and the Two Emmaus Disciples, have all worked with us over the years and are among Britain’s greatest gospel singers.
In addition to original composition, the music drew on traditional gospel/spirituals, well-loved modern gospel songs and the works of gospel greats - Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Tonex and Natalie Wilson.
What people said about The Resurrection
"This was off the scale!! Incredible, beautiful voices from beautiful women and such soul and passion and real anointing in this number. People were moved to tears and laughter around me as was I and I was touched to my core by their voices. It was the most amazing evening. Was blown away by the whole performance. Thank you so so much." - audience member
“Dancing in the aisles” - BBC Radio 2
"My friend and I were blessed to get tickets for this; you were amazing, so uplifting and inspirational! I cried through Were You There (both times)." - audience member
"It was an amazing night; the vocals were on point." - audience member
“Electrifying” – Church Times review
The oratorio was also recorded and broadcast to millions on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4... read more