City cou­ples in­spire new cho­ral work

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Looking Back -

The world premier of a new work for choir and or­gan will take place at Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral in Fe­bru­ary. The cho­ral, ti­tled Even You Song, will re­flect the for­mat of Even­song and will be per­formed by mem­bers of the cathe­dral choir as well as 120 lo­cal school chil­dren.

This unique cho­ral has been based on the can­did re­sponses from a se­ries of in­ter­views that took place with 12 Peter­bor­ough cou­ples. The cou­ples were all asked whether they could travel on an ex­tended trip to the moon to­gether. The an­swers they pro­vided have been re­worked into a li­bretto that echoes and re­sponds to the Even­song words.

The show has been put to­gether by poet Lucy Sheer­man and artist Bet­tina Furnee who were both artists in res­i­dence at the arts or­gan­i­sa­tion Me­tal through­out 2016. Cel­e­brated com­poser Ch­eryl FrancesHoad has in­te­grated these di­verse el­e­ments into this new com­po­si­tion for choir and or­gan. The project has been in­flu­enced by the cathe­dral’s in­vo­ca­tion of a heav­enly sphere through its soar­ing pil­lars, its beau­ti­ful other­worldly even­song ser­vice and the sheer force and power of the or­gan, which fig­ures as a kind of ‘lift off’.

Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral’s Di­rec­tor of Mu­sic Steven Grahl and As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of Mu­sic, David Humphreys have been re­hears­ing the piece with the choir and the school chil­dren from four city schools in­clud­ing: St. Au­gustines C of E Ju­nior School, Bishop Creighton Acad­emy, West Town Pri­mary Acad­emy and Wil­liam Law CE Pri­mary School.

The pro­duc­tion will in­cor­po­rate dig­i­tal pro­jec­tions of do­mes­tic im­ages cap­tured dur­ing the in­ter­views as well as a printed li­bretto. It all adds up to what prom­ises to be a spec­tac­u­lar and thought-pro­vok­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The per­for­mance will take place on Fe­bru­ary 16 , at 6.30pm, at Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral. Tick­ets are avail­able at www.met­al­cul­ture.com/ event/even-you-song or by call­ing 01832 274734. Tick­ets cost £10 (£8 for con­ces­sion). The price in­cludes a printed copy of this unique li­bretto.

Lucy and Bet­tina.

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