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Programme Notes

Buddhist Songs 1 & 2 These songs with piano are in a sense 'functional'; that is to say they are intended to embellish buddhist celebratory occasions, as and when needed. More will be written in due course, each one drawing on a translation of the classic ten-chapter poem, Bodhisattvacharyavatara - 'Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life' by Shantideva, who lived in India from 687 to 763. The English translation was made under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a Tibetan scholar and qualified Spiritual Guide. The first song explains the benefits of having a mind focused on bodhicitta, the aspiration to become a buddha with power to help all beings. The second song, through the act of making offerings, real and imagined, aims to purify negativity. Jonathan Harvey

Buddhist Song No 1

Powell Hall (St Louis, MO, USA)

St Louis Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson

Buddhist Song No 1

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

Ailish Tynan (soprano) & Simon Lepper (piano)

Buddhist Song No 1

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

Simon Lepper (piano)

Buddhist Song No 1

LSO St Luke's (London, United Kingdom)

Ailish Tynan, Simon Lepper