A spiritual jazz reimagining of St. Francis of Assisi’s mystical prayer, The Canticle of the Sun

Award-winning clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh presents a spiritual jazz setting of St. Francis of Assisi’s sublime and beautiful prayer, The Canticle of the Sun.

Written in the Umbrian dialect in the 13th Century, The Canticle of the Sun expresses St. Francis’ all-encompassing love for the natural world, and for humanity. His flowing verses call out in praise of our Celestial world: the Sun, the Moon and the Stars; our natural elements; Air, Water, Fire and Mother Earth; and the universal themes of Love, Devotion, Death and Peace.

Set across ten songs, Arun’s electro-acoustic reimagining of The Canticle of the Sun is mystical and joyful, contemporary and ancient. Pure and other-worldly vocal melodies soar over the eight-piece ensemble’s pulsating, hypnotic rhythms, searching harmony and meditative ambient textures, revealing a transcendental sound world.

Sung in St. Francis’ original Umbrian text, alongside a chanted English translation, this is passionate, heartfelt and all-embracing new music; a love-song to life, nature and the universe.


Canticle of the Sun is produced by Sound UK and co-commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival.


The Canticle of the Sun ensemble are Seaming To (voice), Irini Arabatzi (voice), Arun Ghosh (clarinet, keyboards, guitar), Mieko Shimizu (keyboards, harmonium, vocals), Camilla George (alto saxophone), Ruth Goller (electric bass), Davide Mantovani (double bass) and Sarathy Korwar (drums, percussion).



Doors open: 7.30pm

Concert starts: 8pm

This concert is 1 hr 10 mins approx, there is no interval.



May 2022 Update: as official COVID restrictions end we wanted to update you on what measures we are taking to keep you safe. These are our current safety measures for concerts from June 2022, and we ask for your help and cooperation to make our events as safe as possible:

  • Wear a mask if you want to

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This event will be run at full capacity (no socially distanced seating). 

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