“Light Through Tall Windows” was written as a response to the fire which partially damaged the Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art in 2014. This new choral work is a collaboration between two GSA alumni: writer and broadcaster, Muriel Gray (lyricist), and Jamie Sansbury, founder and Musical Director of the GSA Choir (composer). The work is being sold as a single to raise funds for the restoration of the ‘Mack’.
Describing the work, Jamie Sansbury says, “This piece is an attempt to set down, in a more tangible way, the joy the Mackintosh Building instils in students and staff at the School, the enduring enlightenment it represents, and the impact that has upon them for the rest of their lives. The work is dedicated to the staff, students and alumni of the GSA. When we completed the piece we knew that we wanted the choir to première the work, and we hoped that it would be an important creative response to the fire, but it was only much later that the possibility of recording in the library itself – the very heart of the building – came about.”
Performed by the Glasgow School of Art Choir, and recorded live in the Mackintosh Library, all monies raised from sales of the recording will go directly to the Mackintosh Campus Appeal. The piece is available as a limited edition CD complete with accompanying essays and artwork (strictly limited edition run) or as a digital mp3 download. In addition to these, we have 20 signed copies of the CD available to purchase: these bear the signatures of the composer and lyricist. An extract of the world première recording can be heard here.