The 24

The 24

Wednesday 30 May 2018 at 7.30PM
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall

Robert Hollingworth director

This earth

Stephen Wilkinson     Dover Beach

Thomas Simaku     La leggiadra luna (first performance)

Sheppard     Media vita

Leighton     God’s Grandeur

Kile Smith     The Consolation of Apollo (UK premiere)
Owen Russell     The Sixth Sphere (Jupiter)


NASA’s Apollo 8 mission was launched 50 years ago, in December 1968.  The pilot William Anders said that despite all the training and preparation for an exploration of the moon, the astronauts ended up discovering Earth.  This programme does both and includes the first UK performance of a work for voices and percussion based on the astronauts’ famous Christmas broadcast from space (together with projected images from the mission) as well as John Sheppard’s phenomenal setting from the funeral service written during the 1550s, bringing to an end The 24’s three-year exploration of English music from that time. The 24 are delighted to give the world premiere of Thomas Simaku's La leggiadra luna in the composer's 60th birthday year.  The programme also includes a third premiere: a piece by undergraduate Owen Russell, recipient of the first STR Music Composition Prize.

Concert sponsored by Mrs Colleen Copley, in memory of her husband Dr Trevor Copley

Tickets: £12; concessions £10; students £3

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