A note from the composer...
Though We Are Many is part of a set of three unaccompanied anthems for special occasions, which include In Flanders Fields (commissioned for the 2005 Festival of Remembrance in the Colston Hall, Bristol) and My Star (commissioned for a concert atSt Cuthbert’s Church, Wells, and first performed by Wells Cathedral VoluntaryChoir).
The text, a setting of a theological poem by Jennifer Henderson, is in the style of a Chaucerian Roundel. The author explains the poem as follows:
“What do we have to sustain us in our faith? Surprisingly little of historical value, and nothing that is factually certain. We cannot have known those early communities or what they experienced, only what they have written, and only that in translation. BUT we do know that Jesus's whole ministry was one of sharing bread with all and sundry, regardless of who they were, and that (and doing that ourselves) is what can sustain us now, in our day.”