Premiere of 200-year old ora­tio man­u­script

Mu­si­cians to per­form

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Two cen­turies af­ter its com­ple­tion, Sa­muel Arnold’s 1802 ora­tio Hymn of Adam and Eve will premiere at the Re­gent on Satur­day.

Arnold signed off the man­u­script on Jan­uary 28 1802 and ex­pected to be­gin re­hearsals im­me­di­ately. Ill health forced him to can­cel re­hearsals and no per­for­mance took place.

The man­u­script was even­tu­ally de­posited in the Royal Col­lege of Mu­sic in Lon­don where Palmer­ston North’s Pro­fes­sor Robert Hoskins came across it when he was re­search­ing for his PhD the­sis, The Theatre Mu­sic of Sa­muel Arnold: A The­matic In­dex (1998).

At Satur­day’s per­for­mance, mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Guy Donaldson will con­duct the Re­nais­sance Singers and Manawatu¯ Sin­fo­nia, and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Roy Tanker­s­ley will con­duct Schola Sacra Choir in A New Cre­ation, the Hymn of Adam and Eve and Haydn’s Cre­ation.

Coloratura so­prano Pasquale Or­chard is Eve and bari­tone Lind­say Yeo is Adam, with so­pra­nos Shayna Tweed and Jen­nifer Lit­tle in Adam and Eve.

Or­chard and Yeo will also sing Haydn’s Cre­ation Part Three, and Tweed will sing the part of Gabriel with tenor Nigel Tongs as Uriel.

■ A New Cre­ation, Re­gent on Broad­way, Satur­day Novem­ber 10, 7.30pm.

PHOTO / ALEXAN­DER ROBERT­SON

Mu­si­cal di­rec­tor and con­duc­tor Guy Donaldson and Pro­fes­sor Robert Hoskins.

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