Stun­ning suc­cess for Seeker Reaper

The Oban Times - - Letters -

KEN­NETH THOM­SON’S set­ting of Ge­orge Camp­bell Hay’s Seeker Reap

er, a per­for­mance I have pre­viewed in re­cent weeks, was a very mem­o­rable evening for all in­volved.

It was a huge hon­our for me to be the soloist for this world pre­miere and to per­form along­side a very strong GG choir and An­drew Dun­lop, pic­tured, whose pi­ano ac­com­pa­ni­ment I can only de­scribe as ab­so­lutely in­ge­nious.

In the lead up to the per­for­mance, there was a real sense of ca­ma­raderie among the per­form­ers.

There was one par­tic­u­larly com­plex and fast song that I was strug­gling to get right in re­hearsals. When I got through the piece on the night, my­self, An­drew and Ken­neth (who was con­duct­ing) shared a smile of re­lief and I could feel the choir’s re­lief be­hind me that I had some­how man­aged to bat­ter through it.

There was just a re­ally warm at­mos­phere in the church as the piece pro­gressed. Michel Byrne also en­light­ened us all with an in­sight­ful, his­tor­i­cal in­tro­duc­tion to the po­etry of Ge­orge Camp­bell Hay, which set the tone per­fectly for the per­for­mance of the piece.

From the mo­ment I sat down to learn the mu­sic a num­ber of weeks ago, I felt sure that Ken­neth’s Seeker Reaper had a fu­ture be­yond this per­for­mance at the West End Fes­ti­val.

Judg­ing by the com­ments after­wards from the au­di­ence and per­form­ers alike, that would seem to be the case. I sin­cerely hope this is not the last we hear of this won­der­ful com­po­si­tion.

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