Concerto Magnificent: An Anthology of All Things, Johnny Parry

27/09/2012

 

Concerto Magnificent: An Anthology of All Things, Johnny Parry

27/09/2012

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For our summer 2012 commission we worked with Bedford-based composer Johnny Parry, who creates operatic contemporary music for orchestra and voice.

Johnny brought together a big-hearted army of people to develop this cycle of songs, written and performed in collaboration with the public. Hundreds of local people were involved in contributing lyrics, before a new community choir was formed to rehearse and finally perform the songs. The Bedford Arts Choir worked hard rehearsing the songs that form Bedford’s Concerto Magnificent. The choir includes a massively diverse range of abilities and backgrounds, and has now become a dedicated and enthusiastic new addition to Bedford’s music scene.

The premiere performance of Concerto Magnificent: An Anthology of All Things was at Bedford Corn Exchange in September 2012. A sold-out audience of 400 experienced grand gestures of love and death expressed through an all-consuming spectacle. Another sell-out crowd enjoyed a second performance at Bedford’s Almanac Festival.

Johnny and the choir also recorded a cd of The Anthology.

Watch a film of the making of Concerto Magnificent on YouTube:

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