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Monday, 20 June 2016
Two Year 7 pupils from Bolton School, James Hopkinson and Olivia Sample, have performed with the Hallé Children’s Choir and alongside the Hallé Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall. The occasion was the world premiere of a piece by Jonathan Dove called A Brief History of Creation. The evolutionary oratorio, which was recorded for CD, was commissioned for the choir and was conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
Afterwards James remarked “I can’t quite believe what has just happened, we were conducted by a knight for a world premiere and will be on a CD.”
The concert was slotted into the Bridgewater Hall’s busy programme – it was entitled Big Bang and was dedicated to the creation of the world. The first half was given over to the Hallé Orchestra who performed Bizet’s l’Arlésienne and Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra; the children’s choir then sang for the whole of the second half. A Brief History of Creation comprised 13 movements from Stars right through to Man. The libretto by Alasdair Middleton was tongue twisting at times – “the earth became a glittering globe a flickering flame”.
The choir is now preparing for the national commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme (Somme 100) on 1 July in Heaton Park, Manchester when they will join with choirs from Scotland, Ireland and Wales to form a 270 strong National Children’s Choir.
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