Saturday 3 September 2022

Prometheus Unbound: London English Song Festival launches crowd-funder to support premiere recording of Hubert Parry's cantata

Having performed Hubert Parry's oratorio Judith in 2019 and released a fine recording in 2020 [see my review], William Vann's London English Song Festival is returning to Parry with the composer's cantata Prometheus Unbound based on Shelley' s poem. Written in 1880 (eight years before Judith) for the Gloucester Festival, the work has rarely been performed and has never been recorded.

The plan is to record the work for Chandos, with a fine line up of soloists including Dame Sarah Connolly (as The Earth), Sarah Fox (as Spirit of the Hour), David Butt Philip (as Jupiter and Mercury) and Neal Davies (as Prometheus) with the Crouch End Festival Chorus and London Mozart Players, conducted by William Vann.

Such plans do not come cheap, and the festival has started a Crowdfunder to support the recording. Full details from the London English Song Festival website, and go to the Crowdfunder website to support it.

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