Posted on 12 June 2014
This exciting choral concert (lasting one hour) brings together new music by two composers who are staff members in the Faculty of Arts at York St John University as part of York’s Festival of Ideas whose theme this year is ‘Order and Chaos’. David Lancaster completed undergraduate studies at University of York and is currently a PhD Composition candidate here whilst Ralph Bateman completed PhD Composition at York in 2011.
‘Apocalypse’ is a major new work for choir and soloists by David Lancaster which vividly depicts the end of the world as told by medieval stained glass windows in York. On a similar theme Ralph Bateman’s ‘Ruins’ comprises three songs which the composer describes as ‘reflections on decay and destruction’, offering another dramatic portrayal of chaos, drawing upon Euripides, Shelley and Anglo-Saxon poetry.
These new pieces (along with music by Poulenc and Machaut) will be performed by a University of York choir, The 24, directed by Robert Hollingworth.
Admission to the concert is free.