Chineke! Orchestra: Goodyear, Berlioz, Garcia

Fri 3 May, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Classical music
From £15
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Chineke! Orchestra violin section on stage
Eduardus Lee

Chineke! Orchestra and Amateur Symphonic Chorus present the world premiere of Stewart Goodyear’s Life, Life, Life, along with music by Berlioz and the UK premiere of Garcia’s Requiem.

The evening’s journey commences with Goodyear’s heartfelt tribute to his late mother.

Commissioned by Chineke! Orchestra and subtly echoing the essence of his Trinidadian heritage, Goodyear has said that the work’s name, Life, Life, Life, is something that his mother would often say, whether she was feeling happy, exhausted, or exasperated. She embraced life fully, and Goodyear aims to capture her joy for eternity in this music. Every second is dedicated to her spirit.

Next we plunge into Berlioz’ La Mort de Cléopâtre, a dramatic scene that captures the final moments of the iconic Egyptian queen. Composed in 1829, its powerful emotions and vivid storytelling continue to resonate with audiences, symbolising a tragic end and historical turmoil.

Finally, hear José Mauricio Nunes Garcia’s Requiem in what is believed to be the UK premiere of a neglected masterpiece.

Garcia (1767 – 1830) is one of Brazil’s most prominent classical composers and his Requiem subtly blends Latin American and European forms, creating a work that rejoices in life, and is both reverent and hopeful. Its universal appeal transcends geographical and cultural boundaries.

Combined, these three pieces promise an evening of musical exploration and emotional depth, in the company of Chineke! Orchestra and Chineke! Amateur Symphonic Chorus.

  • Chineke! Orchestra
  • Malcolm J Merriweather conductor
  • Isabelle Peters soprano *
  • Idunnu Münch mezzo-soprano
  • Zwakele Tshabalala tenor
  • Rodney Earl Clarke baritone *
  • Chineke! Amateur Symphonic Chorus
  • Stewart Goodyear: Life, Life, Life (World premiere)
  • Berlioz: La mort de Cléopâtre for soprano & orchestra
  • Interval
  • Garcia: Requiem

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* Please note change of artist from originally advertised

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Fri 3 May, 7.30pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour 45 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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