Posted on Monday 9 January
Choirs from Primary schools through to adult community and semi-professional choirs will have the opportunity to celebrate the values through a new choral work commissioned by Churchill Music! and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Composed by former BBC Young Composer of the Year, Thomas Hewitt Jones with lyrics written by the poet and broadcaster, Matt Harvey, whose way with words has taken him from his home town of Totnes, Devon to being the Poet Laureate for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2010, via BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live, the work will feature all seven of Baron de Coubertin's ideals of Olympism; Respect, Excellence, Friendship, Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality.
It has long been a passion of Churchill Music! to try to reach out to new audiences and music makers. What better way to accomplish this than to create a link between sport and music this year through commissioning an innovative choral work to be performed by mixed choirs. Baron to Coubertin's ideals of Olympism are terrific and universal, so why not get everyone singing about them and audiences listening to them?
Thomas Hewitt Jones and Matt Harvey were chosen for their ability to give this subject a modern twist allowing it to be something fresh and contemporary whilst appealing to a wide range of performers and audiences.
A key element of the commission is onward life after the premiere so it is being especially written to be easily and affordably performed again either whole or in part. It is hoped that the work will encourage as many young people as possible to experience singing with adults and professionals and encourage larger choirs to engage with their communities and inspire others.
The premiere of the work will take place on July 8th 2012 in North Somerset’s Churchill Academy Hall, performed by 160 singers of all ages, joined by members of Bristol’s accomplished chamber choir, Exultate Singers. Conducted by the renowned choral director, David Ogden, the performance will provide a rousing finale to Churchill Music!’s Summer Festival of Song.
St. George’s Bristol are hosting the second performance of the work which is already attracting interest from other choirs.
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