is a secular work composed for the Cunningham Chamber Choir, and with members of the North Ayrshire Youth Silver Band providing the accompaniment at the first performance. But the composer himself points to its connection with the Eucharistic theme, that of transformation—or even transubstantiation, in which something palpable and visible belongs with some deeper and hidden. In the final chord of the piece, when the choir hums the notes of the open strings of a guitar, the very common sound which might be heard as anyone picks up the instrument is given new expression in its transformation into a choral texture. A sense of timelessness is represented by the rotating notes of the ground bass in the organ part which runs through the whole piece.
from notes by James Whitbourn © 2001