Saturday 21 January 2012

17 Days

On Feb 5th the Crouch End Festival Chorus are premiering a new work by James McCarthy at the Barbican. Entitled 17 Days, it tackles the tricky subject of the Chilean miners trapped following the mining accident. McCarthy has written a substantial piece (his blog refers to it being some 39 minutes long) for chorus, childrens choir, brass group and percussion. A tricky, but inherently dramatic, subject; it will be fascinating to see how McCarthy has transmuted it into a choral piece. You don't get much choral music based on contemporary news items, so all credit to CEFC for pushing the boundaries of new choral music.

The concert also celebrates Philip Glass's 75th birthday with performances of his Three Songs and The Grid. Further details from the CEFC website here,  and the concert flyer here.

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