Last night saw the first choir rehearsal for the new and upscaled performance of An Anthology of All Things.
The original work was written and performed in collaboration with the public focusing on the universal themes of Love, Death, Childhood and Religion. Composer Johnny Parry was thrilled to discover that the work of the Bedford project has found its way to the Students of the Bremen University Orchestra and Choir who pitched the work to their faculty head and musical director Dr Susanne Glaess.
For their main annual performance, the University traditionally performs popular classical repertoire such as Brahms or Beethoven. The work spoke to them in such a way that they felt inspired to commission Johnny to re-write and vastly up-scale the piece for their full symphonic orchestra. Now, with the Bremen University Choir & Orchestra, Bedford Community Arts Choir are set to perform the piece with an entire orchestra in February 2017 at the Bedford Corn Exchange.
Choir members old, present and new came together for the first time to look at the lyrics and music. You can watch a bit of the choir’s rehearsal below.
There is still time to join the choir and take part in this adventure! No prior experience necessary. Meet new people and discover the joys of singing! Rehearsals are every Tuesday evening, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at Park Road Methodist Church, Bedford. £5 per session, £3 concession.