Classical music
Choral

Global Voices: top world youth choirs unite

Part of Classical Season

Eight of the world's leading youth choirs perform Jonathan Dove's humanist cantata There Was A Child. The concert is hosted by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, who present the first half of the programme.

Dove's There Was A Child was written to commemorate a life tragically cut short. In the composer's words, it creates 'a radiant vision of a child absorbing everything around him and connecting with the whole world'.

Standing as a successor to the choral masterpieces of Walton and Britten, and featuring texts by Shakespeare, Keats, Tennyson and Walt Whitman, the cantata offers an uplifting expressive vehicle for the combined ensembles.

Performers

Southbank Sinfonia
Ben Gernon conductor
Louise Alder soprano
Robert Murray tenor
Mzansi Youth Choir (South Africa)
Riga Cathedral Boys' Choir (Latvia)
Sawa Choir (Israel)
Boston Children's Chorus (USA)
Manado State University Choir (Indonesia)
Norwegian Youth Choir (Norway)
Diocesan Boys' School Choir (Hong Kong)
National Youth Choir of Great Britain (UK)
Ben Parry director

Repertoire

Alessandro Striggio: Ecce beatam lucem
Traditional: Raga, Desh arr. Ethan Sperry
Eriks Esenvalds: Northern lights
Traditional: Kuai le de ju hui (Happy reunion) arr. Chuan-Sheng Lu
Anders Edenroth: Water
Thomas Guthrie: SAL:VEH (staged commission after Marquez & Hidalgo) (World premiere)
Paul Stanhope: Bangaray! The land is healed from Jandamarra
Kerry Andrew: who we are
Interval
Jonathan Dove: There was a child - oratorio for solo voices, chorus, children's chorus & orchestra

WHERE

Royal Festival Hall
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