Sunday, 6 July 2014

The names of the 96 who died at Hillsborough were the text for Michael Nyman's 11th Symphony


My good friend Tony Robertson has already posted on the World Premier of Michael Nyman's 11th Symphony-The Hillsborough Memorial. He has also done the spade work and found the links about events leading up to its composition

I was fortunate to be there yesterday-it was a Father's Day present. I can report that the piece was enthusiastically received by the packed audience.Such was the length and passion of the standing ovation you might have felt that the listeners had added a fifth movement.

There was real concentrated attention when Liverpool born mezzo soprano Kathryn Rudge, sang the names of the 96 who died in Sheffield in 1989. It had the same mesmeric effect as John Taverner's composition  The Beautiful Names, which is based on the 99 names of Allah from the Koran.

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