If Paradise

If Paradise was originally commissioned by the Eastern Orchestral Board and toured widely across the whole of the UK for three years.

A performance in Leeds was recorded live by the BBC, broadcast on Radio 3 and released as a CD. Individual tracks can be heard via this Soundcloud playlist. Video excerpts from an earlier performance in Cambridge can be viewed via this Youtube playlist . Here is how it begins:

"If Paradise is as relevant today as it ever was, but how to interpret the work in detail is very much up to the listener. I am not religious – in fact, I’m a devout non-believer – but I have always been fascinated by religion, and respect many of its traditions. Much of the beauty in our world has been created by artists inspired by religion; but religion has also been at the root of most of the world’s greatest atrocities; and what we call ‘spiritual experience’ often has a very sensual, physical expression – covering a broad band from love to hatred, sex to violence." Tony Haynes

The show received enthusiastic full-length reviews by John Fordham and Chris May, among others.

Full list of performers and the lyrics can be found here

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