We are proud to announce that our own Mr Pascoe, in collaboration with Professor Anthony Pinching, has composed a Requiem which will be performed in Truro Cathedral on Saturday 23rd March 2013.
The concept of this piece is unique and ground-breaking as it takes the genre of the Requiem, perhaps exclusively the preserve of the Church, and makes it secular: there is a real dearth of music written from an atheist viewpoint or even from the perspective of those who are less certain of their beliefs. This work is a fresh musical approach to contemporary responses to loss, and is structured loosely around the key phases of grief, through a mix of poems that do not require specific faith, though they do not exclude it either.
Mr Pascoe and Professor Pinching will present a Seminar on the Requiem in advance of its premiere performance on Saturday 26th January - 9 am - 1 pm in the Truro School Chapel. Russell and Tony will describe how their inspired creative partnership developed over the months they spent teasing out exactly what they wanted to express and how the work was to be shaped. Their journey was fascinating and led to a conclusion the audience will find moving, surprising and ultimately uplifting. This informal seminar will also include a question-and-answer session, together with some of the contralto and baritone solos performed by Adele Berntzen and Nick Beever, and you will be invited to sing an extract or two from the choral sections of the work. Paul Comeau will provide piano accompaniment (the Requiem is actually scored for an orchestra of over 60 players).
The tickets are prices at £12 (under 18 half price) to include music, coffee and cake.
Please use the flier below if you are interested in attending the seminar. Tickets for the performance can be bought from the Hall for Cornwall.