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Music by Bryan Kesselman         
                  
Choral Song Cycle for SATB Choir, STB Solos,     
            
Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Tabla, Sitar,
String Quartet, 2 Keyboards
 
First performance:  26 March 2011,
Harrow High School, Harrow, Middlesex
 
Texts include
You are loosed from your moorings
  from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave
  (1845) by Frederick Douglass  - (c.1818-1895)
 
No Free Man
   from Magna Carta (1215) Chapter thirty-nine (Adapted by BK)
 
Swart Smekyd Smiths (Satire on the Blacksmiths)
   Anonymous (14th Cent.–Adapted by BK)
 
Tangled Words by Bryan Kesselman
 
Alle Understonden English Tong
   from Speculum Vitae attributed to William of Nassyngton
   (14th Cent.–Adapted by BK)
 
Traveller, Must You Go?
  from The Gardener - 1913 by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
  translated from Bengali by the author
 
The Indian Serenade by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
 
Abou Ben Adhem by Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)
 
From the Rubaiyat of Omar Kkayyam (1048-1131)
  Paraphrased (1859) by Edward J.FitzGerald (1809-1883)
 
Shifting Sands by Philip Barnett
  (This extract later performed at the South Bank Centre
  as part of the 2011 Festival of Britain and also scheduled
  for performance for The Queen in March 2012.)
 
from Tales of a Wayside Inn – The Theologian’s Tale – Elizabeth i & iv
   by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
 
from Inferno - xxxiv 93-94 & 133-139
   by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) (Translated by Longfellow)

Dore- inferno

"Thence we came forward to rebehold the stars"
Illustration by Gustave Doré

Soloists at the first performance:
Nadine Mortimer-Smith (Benjamin) (Soprano)
Jonathan Coad (Baritone)
Philip Barnett (Baritone)
 
Also members of The Amici Chamber Choir,
the
Tonic Choir and  past and present students
of Harrow High School.
 
Orchestra
Donna Chapman (Violin), Charles Beldom (Violin),
Robert Winquist (Viola), Robert Dent (Cello),
Jenny Bond (Flute), Tamara Beldom (Clarinet),
David Hulley (Percussion), Jenny Gould (Keyboard),
Chris Coote (Piano), Manohar Kambo (Tabla),
Vijay Jagtap (Sitar)
 
Conducted by Bryan Kesselman
 
THEMES
From Slavery to Freedom
Rights of the individual
Intolerance, Misunderstanding and Anti-Social Behaviour
A Sort of Understanding
Hospitality and Friendship
Fellowship
Regret for the Passing of Youth and the Passage of Time
Future
Onwards to the stars


Voices that should be heard programme
Programme of first performance

Magna Carta signing
Signing of the Magna Carta

Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass

OGACentenary Commissioned by the Old Gaytonians Association. Part of the centenary celebrations of Harrow County / Gayton High / Harrow High Schools Harrow Council 2 This event was part-funded by a grant from
the Voluntary & Community Grants
Programme of Harrow Council



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Perf2-2 Photographs by Ludovic des Cognets