Wilfred Heaton’s compositions have a worldwide appreciation and although his output was small it is work of the highest integrity and calibre. The history surrounding ‘Celestial Prospect’ is somewhat sketchy. The composer describes it as a ‘re-casting’ of an earlier work written sometime in the 1940’s the score of which is now lost. The theme ‘Come comrades dear’ has been known from Christian Mission days and reflects the composer’s penchant for old Salvation Army tunes which are simple and direct in character. The following 5 variations contain much interest and originality including a beautiful ‘elegy to departed comrades.