Boyce-Tillman, June: A Rainbow to Heaven
Stainer & Bell are pleased to announce the publication of A Rainbow to Heaven, which brings together in one volume many of the musical settings and texts which are the fruit of June Boyce-Tillman’s commitment to the empowerment of women.
Her role as composer, performer, writer, teacher and theologian is faithfully reflected in 167 items, which draw on a diversity of traditional and modern sources to create a unique and inspiring collection.
There is material here that relates to the themes of dance, healing, ecology, the medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen, women saints, the Wisdom tradition, peace and justice, ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue, inclusive language and many other topics of contemporary interest.
A fascinating introduction places the hymns, songs and chants in the context of June’s evolving thought about the nature of music, worship, spirituality and the role of women.
These are remarkable works by a wholly remarkable person. Reflecting on and confronting our troubled times and culture with arresting honesty and infinite compassion. These words and music remind us that our universe, our world, and we too, are essentially incomplete without God.