Across the Bridge of Hope
A choir could be said to be the ultimate example of different people working together in harmony to create a thing of beauty.
The advent of the millennium and its theme-song of Hope which was sung around the world has been the inspiration behind the idea of this choral record with a difference.
As you will hear, Oscar Lindberg´s "Pingst" (Pentecost) and the hymns of Otto Olsson can be heard along with the more rhythmic "Claviante Brilioso" of Tomas Jennefelt. In addition we also hear an example of the indigenous music of Lapland, "Biegga Luohte", with its barking dogs, animal calls
Anders Åstrand, perhaps Sweden´s most outstanding percussionists, adds an additional facet to this jewel of a record.
The special story behind the title song; "Across the Bridge of Hope"
The song "Across the Bridge of Hope" was during the advent of the millennium a kind of "relay" and where 8000 choristers singing the song in 310 choirs in 56 countries all around the globe - so may be you have heard this song before.
When the tragic bombing in
Omagh, on Ireland by IRA on Aug.15, 1998 happened, a little boy, the 12
year old Shawn Mc Laughlin happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong
time and was killed together with 29 other people.