Now that’s what I call the Venerable Bede music

MUSIC MAN ... Ron Smith at his home studiio
MUSIC MAN ... Ron Smith at his home studiio
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THE life of famous saint the Venerable Bede will be celebrated with the sound of music.

A new work by composer Ron Smith will be premiered next month.

Based on the life of the reverend scholar and saint, who studied and prayed at the monastic site of St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth, the work will be performed by the composer.

Mr Smith, who spent several months creating his Bede Concerto, used the latest computer-generated sounds for his musical tribute to St Bede.

He said: “The scope of the instruments’ capabilities is truly amazing and as a lover of music, I think Bede himself would have been intrigued and appreciative of the Bede Concerto.

“I am looking forward to performing it live, not least as it is just great fun to play.”

At just 19, Mr Smith, who lives in Boldon Colliery, won a national songwriting competition sponsored by the BBC.

This led to a publishing deal and Mr Smith was later mentored and supported by North East rock singer Alan Price.

He later developed a concept album called Ragnarok, in collaboration with South Tyneside writer Tom Kelly, who suggested he write his musical tribute to Bede.

Mr Smith added: “I was quite inspired by the idea and as a former head chorister at St Paul’s Church, I felt a deep sense of spirit and creativity while writing this composition.”

The Bede Concerto will be performed by Mr Smith during the Enchanted Christmas festive weekend at Bede’s World, on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11, at 1pm and 3pm both days.

Numerous festive attractions will be held over the weekend, featuring everything from pottery to crafts to spoons playing.

Admission to the Bede Concerto is included in the normal museum admission price.

Call Bede’s World on 489 2106 for more details or click here to visit the museum website.