A musical play, written and produced by Les Sherlock in 1986/7 in Bournemouth, UK. See here for the background story, or here for the musical book version (better audio quality than the video below). The music score is available here.
2 Samuel 22:34 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high places. (Also Psalm 18:33; Habakkuk 3:19).
I first came across this when reading Glen Clark’s book ‘I Will Lift up Mine Eyes’. Intrigued, when I saw ‘Hind’s Feet on High Places’ by Hannah Hurnard on the Church bookstall, I immediately bought it, wanting to know how I could have feet like hind’s feet (as the hind’s rear feet perfectly track into the place its front feet step, it can reach places otherwise impossible, and is an analogy for one’s entire being, spirit, soul and body to be line with God’s will). I was captivated by the beautiful story and a few years later felt the urge to write a musical play. It took many years to complete, but was finally performed in Dorset, England in 1983/4. I am delighted that the Church’s Ministry among Jewish People, who own the copyright to the book, have given me permission to reproduce the songs here. The music score is available here.
Les Sherlock plays (or tries to play) Rachmaninov with a Christian angle.
Les Sherlock’s arrangement of the classic hymn, How Great Thou Art.
Les Sherlock’s Christmas challenge: can you identify all the songs in this medley?
Who made it and the problems he had to overcome; its development; how it works; why it needs tuning. Click on the picture to open the PDF document.
Chrissie Morris-Brady had the idea for this musical, and wrote the words in 1989. After unsuccessfully looking for someone to write music for it, she asked me to have a go. It took me a long time to do this and, after finishing it, just as long to reach the point where I could produce it. We finally brought a team together and made four presentations at the Wessex Christian Centre, Bournemouth (formerly Bournemouth Playhouse) in February 2001.
Bid for a Bride is a love story, based on the life of the Old Testament prophet, Hosea, who received Divine guidance to marry a prostitute - an idea horrifying to such a man in the society in which he lived. With 22 original songs, this is the edited version of the final performance, with subtitles throughout.
This is my first attempt at playing a duet with myself. Apart from the handicap of my playing (in)ability, a significant difficulty was the timing, since both players have several bars rest and gauging their length without the second player’s input wasn’t simple. So the videoing and editing was by far the most difficult part of the process. I hope the purist will not be too offended by my efforts!
I have had this arrangement, for two pianos, in my possession for 45-50 years and always promised myself I would have a crack at it after I’d retired and had more time. It was way beyond my limited ability to do all of it (well, any of it, really!), so this is the first and last sections only. Things took an unexpected turn the week before I made the recording, and I have added a short section after the closing credits to explain an event that could easily have ended all hopes of completing the project: to have brought my playing back up to any kind of standard again after a lengthy interruption would have been impossible. Indeed, it is not inconceivable that my piano playing days would have abruptly ended at that point! I have added some links to other relevant pages of my web site after the link to the video. I hope you enjoy it.
Links on this web site, relating to the Tchaikovsky piece above
This arrangement was transcribed for two pianos by Mary Howe, and while easier to play than the Tchaikovsky (above) proved much more difficult to synchronise the two piano parts in the editing process. So I hope the purist will not be too offended by my efforts; but hopefully the accompanying photos and video clips illustrating the words of the 23rd Psalm will go some way to compensate for the shortcomings in my editing and perfrmance.