Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Bliss ~ the Coventry homecoming draws closer

It’s time to forget the wrongs and look forward now to the rightThe Beatitudes is finally going to be performed in the iconic arena of Coventry Cathedral for which it was written over 50 years ago.

As part of a concert including Schoenberg: ‘A Survivor from Warsaw’ op 46 and Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor op 67. With the BBC Philharmonic and the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Paul Daniel is conducting.

Tenor Andrew Kennedy, soprano, Orla Boylan and narrator Omar Ebrahim round off the key contributors to what promises to be an extraordinary performance as well as an historic musical event.

It is quite hard to get one’s head around the fact that The Beatitudes was written by Sir Arthur Bliss with his loyal librettist, Christopher Hassall, to celebrate the opening of a brand new Cathedral, conceived, created and built as a symbol of post war peace and reconciliation.

Whilst not performed post war and in the icy chill of the cold war – the message it conveys is as true today as it would ever have been in May 1962.

If you can, come along and be part of history at 7.30 pm on 22nd September 2012 – it’s never too late for hope.

The full story can be read in an extraordinary Souvenir Programme available on the night.

It can also be read as part of the tribulations considered in Michael Foster’s new book on Britten’s War Requiem – The Idea Was Good, available @ www.warrequiem.co.uk

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