Wednesday 8 March 2006

I heard today that my song, The Sleep was premiered on Saturday 4th March. David Robertson organised and evening at the King's School in Worcester which explored the life of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning in words and music. My song sets Barrett Browning's poem of that name.

It was written when I was having one of my periodic trawls of out-of-copyright poets; this was the only poem of Barrett Browning's that appealed to me, I'm afraid to say. The remainder were either too famous or a little too Victorian. The song was written as a present for a singer with whom I was working in 2001.

Last night we had the first rehearsal for the Cranmer concert on March 18th; the first run through of the music with the choir and conductor Paul Brough. It was the first time I'd worked with Paul so it was all very exciting.

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