This stunning version of Handel's ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’ for voice and saxophone is spine-tingling

12 June 2019, 17:05

By Sofia Rizzi

This unusual arrangement of a Handel cantata using saxophone, organ and voice, makes a seriously lasting impact.

Saxophonist Christian Forshaw and soprano Grace Davidson have covered the song ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’, originally titled ‘Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne’, by Handel.

Handel's cantata, ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’, was originally scored for three solo voices, choir and chamber orchestra, but this arrangement by Christian Forshaw swaps the orchestra for the soprano saxophone and organ.

Handel's 'Eternal Source of Light Divine' was performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Handel's 'Eternal Source of Light Divine' was performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Picture: Danny Lawson / PA Images

This cantata was performed at the wedding ceremony of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018. Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas sang the Baroque classic as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot.