Gannochy is a residential area of Perth in Scotland where my mother, Margaret Graham (Stewart), was born and raised.One of my earliest musical memories was of visits to my grandparents house and of hearing the theme tune to the BBC Radio programme Listen With Mother (a lullaby, which I later found to be called Berceuse from the Dolly Suite by Faure).
A free treatment of Henry Francis Lyte’s world-beloved hymn which was written in 1847 at Brixham, Devon, where the author was vicar. As he watched the sunset one evening the words of the hymn, in which he compares life to a single day, came to him. Dogged by persistent ill health, Dr Lye died in the autumn of the same year.
Amazing Grace is one of the world's most loved hymn tunes and this glorious arrangement is sure to be popular with players and audiences alike. Beautifully crafted, and eloquently scored, this reflective, yet powerful arrangement builds to a glorious climax perfectly blending the traditional melody with sumptuous new harmonies.