Garth Hewitt - The Feast Of Life: A Musical Of Hope From Christian Aid

Thursday 1st October 1998
Garth Hewitt - The Feast Of Life: A Musical Of Hope From Christian Aid
Garth Hewitt - The Feast Of Life: A Musical Of Hope From Christian Aid

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
RRP: £0.18

Reviewed by Rebecca Mason

This is, as the title reflects, a musical written by Garth Hewitt for Christian Aid. Although Garth has written all the songs on this album, the principal singers include David Grant and Paul Field, amongst others. It needs to be emphasised that this album was written for churches to be put on during Christian Aid week and throughout the year, to raise awareness about the group and issues which Christian Aid supports. The aim was to provide accessible music which all churches would be able to perform easily. This aim has been achieved and I can imagine many of these songs soon being sung in churches across the country. This is essentially a praise and worship album, which has been well arranged and produced by Paul Field. I must admit that I was expecting more when I popped this into my CD player. The songs sound a bit dated and similar to many other worship recordings. However there are some catchy and well crafted songs here. Favourites for me include the bouncy opening track "Feast Of Life" and the lively "Dance On Injustice". I did find some of the songs at times bland and, dare I say it, cheesy. However, the message needs to be heard.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Chris Trigger in Bideford @ 23:50 on Apr 3 2017

I first heard this when it came out at the end of the last millenium. I thought every track was outstanding. Nothing dated or cheesy about it all. A masterpiece.

Posted by Margaret in Essex @ 23:33 on Apr 5 2013

Is this musical still in print as our church choir is interested in performing it.

Posted by RAZANAKOTO Finoana in madagascar @ 17:11 on Mar 11 2012

I have this album. great to praise and worship the Lord!!!!! I`m a young boy who lives in Antananarivo (Madagascar). I belong to a choir. these songs are better to worship his name!!! please help us if we are ought to sing these songs to praise the Lord of Lords because we will nearly have a concert and I we want to sing these to his name. All we want to get is your authorization because of the writer rights. please help us as you can.

Posted by Bernard Morgan in Ludlow Shropshire @ 20:37 on Apr 1 2010

We did this number when it first appeared, in Gloucester Cathedral in 1999 (I think)
I would like to do it again next year. is the CD still available?

Posted by Kathrine in C.A. @ 03:53 on May 10 2007

My school is doing the musical and I have a solo in it! I'm singing the first part of Come To Us, Emmanual (The Birth). I love the music!

Reply by Matthew in Preston @ 17:05 on Aug 10 2007

Katherine, is it you from St Pats in preston, because I was one of the narrators in your perfomance!

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Posted by catherine nisbet in Carluke @ 14:18 on Oct 9 2005

I was involved in singing the Feast of Life on Saturday 8.10.2005 in South Dalziel Parish Church, Motherwell. The music was simple, lively, very moving in some parts and certianly got the message of poverty in the third world over. I thouroughly enjoyed singing it.

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