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Song Shards: From Darkness to the Light

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The award-winning Pegasus Choir, with cellist Gabriella Swallow and director Matthew Altham, perform a concert of music meditating on themes of heaven and hell, darkness and light.

The centrepiece is the London premiere of Colin Riley’s Roads Shining Like River Up Hill After Rain, a setting for choir and cello of poetry by Edward Thomas, who died 100 years ago in the trenches of the first world war. The work’s title is taken from one of Thomas’s “ghost shards” – fragments of poetry found on him after he was killed:

Where any turn may lead to Heaven/Or any corner may hide Hell/Roads shining like river up hill after rain

The composer has worked with writer Robert Macfarlane to fashion the text of the piece from this and other fragments of Thomas’s poetry.

The programme also includes beautiful works spanning the late Romantic era to the end of the twentieth century, including Lux aeterna, a vision of eternal light from the requiem mass, set to the famous music of “Nimrod” from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

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Song for Athene – John Tavener

Requiem aeternam – Giuseppe Verdi

Wislo moja, Wislo szara – Henryk Gorecki

To be Sung on the Water – Samuel Barber

Solfeggio – Arvo Pärt

Roads shining like river up hill after rain – Colin Riley

Northern Lights – Ola Gjeilo

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen – Michael Praetorius, arr. Jan Sandström

Lux aeterna – Edward Elgar

Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium) – Ola Gjeilo

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