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World première of a Sussex cantata inspired by a Sussex landmark

01/03/2020

The world premiere of a Sussex cantata inspired by a Sussex landmark will be performed at Boxgrove Priory.

Entitled On Windover Hill; Music of the Sussex Landscape, the piece has been inspired The Long Man of Wilmington and written by Nathan James. It will be performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Harlequin Chamber choir and conducted by Amy Bebbington on Saturday, March 7 at 7.45 pm.

This new cantata explores the story behind the Long Man of Wilmington near Lewes, the oldest and largest representation of the human form in Europe. Supported by Arts Council England and the RVW Trust, On Windover Hill uses a variety of Roman, early English, early twentieth-century, and contemporary texts to narrate what the mystical hill-figure might represent.

The concert will also feature rarities from Ruth Gipps (Goblin Market) and Avril Coleridge-Taylor (Wyndore), both of whom were proud of their Sussex roots. Wyndore was written in 1936, inspired by a poem by Aldous Huxley and this will be its first performance in 67 years. Gipps’s groundbreaking setting of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market from 1954 is performed with kind permission of her family.

Read an interview with Spokeswoman Rachel Poulton in the Chichester Observer below, and a review here.

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