Celestial Candles – vocal, instrumental and choral music in a beautiful, candlelit, historic setting with an excellent acoustic
‘Celestial Candles’ has traditionally taken place during March, when the church of St Medard & St Gildard in Little Bytham has hosted an evening of music to complement the church’s historic and spiritual setting. Over past events, Celtic and Ionian themes have been interwoven with choral and instrumental pieces as well as more contemporary offerings.
The event helps to underpin the importance of the Church within village life and offers a fresh perspective on the role that it can play both as a building and a spiritual home.
Five very successful Celestial Candles concerts have now been held; Bythams Music took a break from organising the event in 2015/16.
- Celestial Candles
- Celestial Candles 2
- Celestial Candles 3 – 2013
- Celestial Candles 4 – 2014 (“Four Candles”)
- Celestial Candles 2016 (organised independently of Bythams Music – see below)
- Celestial Candles 2018
- Celestial Candles 2019
Celestial Candles 2016, 7pm, 18 March, at St Medard & St Gildard’s church, Little Bytham, organised by Gordon Baldwin (independently of Bythams Music). The concert featured Rev Sue Evans (vocals and guitar); Audrey Riley (cello); Clare & Peter Hitchcox (recorders and church organ); Robert Brownlow (recitation); Simon Garbutt (tin whistles). Tickets £5. Meal in LB Village Hall afterwards; free glass of wine (donations welcome). A total of £482 was raised, to be divided equally between the church and The Tilden Project Nepal.
Celestial Candles 2018, at St Medard & St Gildard’s church, Little Bytham, organised by Gordon Baldwin. The concert featured sets by Invited Guests (a semi ‘unplugged’ line-up, without percussion, of local band Uninvited Guests), Kirsty Mclaughlin (solo vocals with piano accompaniment); and Audrey Riley (cello).
Celestial Candles 2019, at St Medard & St Gildard’s church, Little Bytham, 7.30pm, organised by Gordon Baldwin with Bythams Music. The concert will feature Corby Male Voice Choir. Tickets £10 to include light refreshments in the church during the interval.