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Robert Hollingworth conducting Netherlands Chamber Choir: 'Far from home'

Posted on 26 March 2014

Reader in Music Robert Hollingworth conducts the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Calefax Wind Ensemble in a semi-staged programme, 'Far from home', at six venues in The Netherlands, and for broadcast on 3 April 2014.

Loneliness, isolation, banishment, rejection, homesickness...Does an artist deal with these differently from the way we do? Are there any traces of them to be heard or read in his work? What does music concerning loneliness sound like?

Far from home contains all kinds of music which has to do with these issues. Music composed in a concentration camp, a lament about fear and desire from a princess abandoned in a labyrinth, a piece of music by a banished galley slave. Plus: the detached view of the earth from space, the productive influence of two cultures that combine, and music by an Icelandic composer with text by a South African poetess.

In other words: music which originated in extremes - music of extremes, created in extreme isolation - from the farthest corners of the earth.

The show is designed and directed by Dagmar Slagmolen. Find out more about the concerts at http://www.nederlandskamerkoor.nl/en/concerts/concerts/2013-2014/far-away-from-home/

Repertoire includes:

  • Steve Martland Skywalk
  • Johannes Ockeghem Mort, tu as navré
  • Roque Jacinto de Chavarrìa Fuera, fuera! Haganles lugar!
  • Olivier Messiaen Louange à l'Éternité
  • Claudi Monteverdi Lamento d'Arianna
  • Daniel Bjarnasson Ek ken die Nag (world premiere, commissioned by NKK & Calefax)
  • Bheka Dlamini Woah Lashona