What a magical weekend. The premiere of my new piece ‘Dust’ took place on Sunday 23rd March 2014 at Christ Church in Frome. You can listen to the live recording of this in the sound cloud link below.
‘Dust’ is a piece set to the words of a short poem of the same name, by writer James Anderson. We have been collaborating together on several ideas and this is the first piece of the collaboration to be performed in public.
The piece was performed by Men With Horns, a male voice choir led by Steven Hollas (piano), conductor Mike Daniels and the Cornucopia Horn Quartet. The warm sound that this choir produces is wonderful and evocative. The acoustics of Christ Church were beautiful, perfectly reacting with the atmospheric harmonies being produced.
The concert was not just my music, obviously. Mike and Steven had assembled a truly wonderful programme of music that included excerpts from Wagner’s Parsifal, Schubert’s arrangement to Psalm 23 and Rossini’s stunning Quelques measures de chant funebre. A high level of musicianship combined with genuine passion for the music created a performance that will stay in my memory for years to come.
I look forward to the next set of pieces to come about from my collaboration with James Anderson, and hopefully to future performances with Men With Horns.
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“Dust”, music by Edward Bettella, words by James Roy Blair Anderson.
Artwork by Alice Russell