Listening to ‘The Prelude’Helm Cragg


December 12th, 2009 : Ryton Choral Society

Conductor: David Murray

Pianist: Eileen Bown

Tenor : Mark Anyan

Soprano: Katherine Moore

Treble: Ian Wright

Bishopwearmouth Young Singers

Martin HughesRuth WatersonNoel Broome
Pauline AitchesonEleanor LeckieLaura Newton
Marion BroomeChristopher Murray
Vince Fleming
Alan EasterbrookJennifer MurrayPhilip Cull
Eileen Bown

The texts used in the sections listed here, as well as details on downloading a printed extract of the first number, can be found on the ‘composition' page.

December 18th, 2010 : Memorial Concert at Lambertuskerk, Vught, Netherlands

PosterThe concert began with a performance of ‘Dear Native Regions’ (no 1 of ‘The Prelude’ ) by 12 year-old Eline van der Zanden (treble) accompanied on the piano by Frank de Koning.

The programme also included the symphonic sketch ‘Esthwaite Lake’ (no 54 of ‘The Prelude’) which was premiered by I Consonanti (directed by Wolf Eekhof). Michael Smith had prepared this piece for Ryton but it was omitted owing to shortage of time in this 2009 concert. The same piece was also performed by I Consonanti on November 13th 2011 at Theater de Speeldoos, Vught.

Although not from ‘The Prelude’, it is worth including a recording made during this concert of 3 movements from Smith’s other ‘northern’ piece, ‘Caledonian Suite’, in a brilliant performance by Roos Pollé.
photo: Lisette van Halder design: Jonny Tenebrous

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