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M is for MatthewA UK premiere

16th March 2024 7:30pm

King's High School Hall, Warwick
Banbury Road, Warwick. CV34 6YE

Craig Hella Johnson Considering Matthew Shepard

Our Spring concert features the UK première of a major work by Grammy Award winning composer Craig Hella Johnson, his Considering Matthew Shepard. This oratorio is a musical response to the tragic real-life consequences of intolerance and prejudice, leading us from anguish to understanding.

In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field under a blanket of stars. Twenty years later, the composer Craig Hella Johnson responded to this tragic event with his first concert-length work, Considering Matthew Shepard. This three-part fusion oratorio speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles seamlessly woven into a unified whole.

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PLEASE NOTE that this concert will run without an interval, and the piece lasts approximately an hour and three quarters. There will be no refreshments.

Soprano:
Georgia Humphrey

Mezzo soprano:
Zara Donaldson

Tenor:
Nathan Stubbings

Baritone:
George Salmon

Narrators:
Julie Godfrey, Paul Curran

Clarinet:
Nathan Isaac

Guitar:
Pete Ross

Percussion:
Christina Slominska

Piano:
Colin Druce

with:
string players from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Royal Leamington Spa bach Choir
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