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Weekend Workshop: A Child of Our Time

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9.30 a.m. Saturday until 5.00 p.m Sunday - Roper Theatre, The West Wing, Hayesfield Upper School, Bath

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Once again, our summer event will be a weekend workshop in which we invite all singers to join us in rehearsing and informally performing a major work which we’re unlikely to be able to present in a normal concert.

Last year we spent a memorable weekend working on Britten’s War Requiem: in 2014 we turn to another great British oratorio of the twentieth century, Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time.

In 1938 Tippett was deeply affected by news from Germany. A 17 year old Jewish refugee, Herschel Grynszpan, whose parents had been brutally abducted by the Gestapo, walked into the German embassy in Paris and shot dead a German diplomat. It was the pretext the Nazis needed to intensify their persecution of the Jewish population in Germany, and they responded with the mass pogrom known as Kristallnacht – an event now often regarded as the beginning of the Holocaust.

Tippett responded by writing A Child of Our Time, to a libretto of his own, in which he links this event  to a meditation on the nature of human evil, and the sufferings of oppressed peoples everywhere. At five key moments in the piece he introduces African-American ‘spirituals’, in a way reminiscent of the chorales in Bach’s Passions: the effect is hugely moving.

As with War Requiem, we will be working with four young professional soloists, and during the weekend Gavin Carr will work with these singers in a ‘masterclass’ format as well as rehearsing the chorus. We will run through the whole work in an informal performance on the Sunday afternoon, accompanied by our excellent pianist Steven Hollas.

Full details including costs will be confirmed shortly but if you would like to join us for this fascinating weekend please note the date and register your interest with the Choir Secretary.