"These Days - The Manchester Peace Song Cycle"
At the 2018 Premiere, the Halle Youth Training Choir
Remembrance Sunday 10th November, 7.30pm
One Performance Only
"A remarkable example of collaboration, as perhaps only Manchester can do
realised by Caroline Clegg and Feelgood...
it is an absorbing and very moving experience."
Robert Beale Classic Music Review 2018.
By popular request following its world premiere in 2018, we were delighted to perform this special show once more, and we were so glad to welcome those of you who were able to join us.
With words by the acclaimed Manchester poet Tony Walsh These Days is a stunning accessible music drama piece set in Heaton Park. It is a beautiful story of one day in the park from sunrise to sunset told through the eyes of the iconic Heaton Park lions.
Reflecting on all they have seen Arthur and Amelia share the tears of war and the laughter and joy of peace time over the last 100 or so years. From Suffragette rallies to William Grimshaw’s joyous gramophone concerts; to the Manchester Pals First World War army camp and the 1939 RAF base. From Pope John Paul II’s visit, to family picnics, boat rides, Oasis concerts and generations of photos of children sitting next to them.
This unique show is for everyone. Songs of warmth and humour revel in the sunshine days of childhood alongside reflective poignant harmonies that commemorate our universal quest for peace. Projected images shine against the ancient cathedral organ completing the journey.
and Cheetwood Primary School Choir
Sponsors & Supporters:
Director and Dramaturge: Caroline Clegg.
Musical Director: Thomas D Hopkinson
Composed for chamber orchestra, solo voices and choirs by a team of outstanding composers whose combined experience covers over five decades. With additional poetry and words by kind permission of poet laureate Simon Armitage and Century Films and the Wilfred Owen Association.
Meet the Creative Team:
Performed by Joseph Jordan, Christopher Littlewood (tenor), Jenny Carson (soprano), Cheetwood Primary School, the Xavarian Chamber Choir, and special prologue by students at CAM the Co-Op Academy. Played by chamber ensemble; Danny Mills, (trumpet), Peter Mitchell, (percussion), Madeleine Fitzgerald (violin), Amy Surman (cello) and Emily Wilson (clarinet).