Robert Hollingworth director/reader
Anna Crookes, Rebecca Lea soprano
Martha McLorinan, Clare Wilkinson mezzo-soprano
Matthew Long tenor
Greg Skidmore baritone
Frederick Long bass
Hear both lamentation and renewal in music from the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries around a reading of part of T.S. Eliot’s ground-breaking poem The Waste Land (in its 100th anniversary year). Both bleak and comic, woven through it is the dark rioja of Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories (at their rarely heard lower-voicing) while Byrd and Rowarth share a psalm text that chillingly describes a land wasted through intolerance. Daylight appears in music by Vaughan Williams and Leighton's rhapsodic God's Grandeur, while Shruthi Rajasekar reflects The Waste Land's Indian theme. Joanna Marsh's very different pieces are comically grotesque and hopeful, in a magical setting of John F. Deane’s The world is charged.