Monday 20 October 2014

In support of the Malala Fund

Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani teenager who came to world prominence when she was shot by a Taliban gunman on her school bus in 2012. She has become a campaigner for education for girls in her country and was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014. Composer James McCarthy is writing a new work, Malala which has been commissioned by the Crouch End Festival Chorus and will be premiered by them, conducted by David Temple, at the Barbican on 28 October 2014 at a concert in support of The Malala Fund which supports education for girls all over the world.

McCarthy's new work a dramatic work written for choir, girl's choir, tenor soloist and orchestra with a text by Karachi-based novelist and journalist Bina Shah. Crouch End Festival Chorus will be performing it with Michael Tippett's oratorio A Child of Our Time, inspired by the assassination of a German official in 1938 by a young Polish Jew. Crouch End Festival Chorus is joined by the City of London Shjool for Girls Senior Choir, hornsey School for Girls Choir, St Michael's Catholic Grammar School Choir and the London Orchestra da Camera, conductor David Temple. The soloists are Erica Eloff (soprano), Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), Alan Oke (tenor) and Ashley Riches (baritone).

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