For the past seven weeks I have been working non-stop, 14-hours a-day, 7 days a week. I have pulled several all-or-near-all-nighters, used up two A3 pads of manuscript paper, sacrificed any semblance of a social life, risked my health, my sanity and my enthusiasm, all to bring you a new work, what fruite of immortality, in collaboration with conductor, singer and musicologist Graham Bier.
The piece is 25 minutes long and consists of nine separate movements for 24-voice choir The 24, two string quintets, two percussionists and narrator. The performance will include projection and a possible electroacoustic soundscape (time pending). The work was commissioned by the Sir Jack Lyons Foundation for their yearly Sir Jack Lyons Celebration award.
what fruite explores a book of psalms written by the Archbishop Matthew Parker, originally set to music by Thomas Tallis. The piece will include performances of four of the Tallis settings, in an edition researched and edited by Graham Bier. The rest of the piece is an original composition exploring the modal nature of Tallis’s music, the metrical properties of Parker’s psalms and ideas of resonanace and spectral harmony relating to Tallis as well as the acoustic of the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, where it will be performed.
The performance will be on Wednesday 20th June 2012, 7.30pm in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York. For more information and tickets follow this link. The Sir Jack Lyons Concert is a yearly end-of-year concert displaying the best performances by the students throughout the year.