Seminar for choir directors 27.01.22

Steve is offering a free informal online seminar with Q&A about ‘Blue Pearl: A One World Oratorio’ for choir directors and anyone involved with a choir

choirIt will be on Zoom on 27th January 2022, 7.30pm – 9pm UK timeIt is an opportunity for choir directors to find out more about Steve’s exciting, ground-breaking new oratorio.

Steve will give a brief talk about Blue Pearl, and then most of the time will be for Q&A.

One of the main things Steve wants to get across is that Blue Pearl does not have to be performed in its entirety (it is a whole evening concert). Individual movements, and pairs and groups of movements can be performed.

The world premiere of Blue Pearl is going to be on 14th May 2022, with the London Mozart Players and Excelsis Chamber Choir, directed by Rob Lewis, in London and streamed live online.

Booking will open soon for this event.

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“As choral director, I’m always on the lookout for exciting new works for Excelsis to sing. In 2015 we were delighted to perform the world premiere of Karl Jenkins’s The Healer – A Cantata for St LukeWhen the London Mozart Players invited Excelsis to perform in the world premiere of ‘Blue Pearl’ I jumped at the chance. ‘Blue Pearl’ is a really exciting challenge for the choir: to bring to life the different styles of music which Steve has used to such great effect to evoke the full compass of our shared human experience: from joy, humour and sexuality to the opening of our hearts in compassion for the inevitable sorrows of being human, to the spiritual mystery we encounter in stillness and silence. ‘Blue Pearl’ is ultimately a wonderful and moving celebration of our shared humanity.  I’m sure many other choirs will perform it in the years to come; to be the first is a real treat for Excelsis and for me.”    – Rob Lewis, Musical Director, Excelsis Chamber Choir

An inspiring musical exploration of spirituality. London Mozart Players look forward to this collaboration, bringing to life this beautiful, evocative music.” – Julia Desbruslais, Executive Director, London Mozart Players

A remarkable achievement, offered with remarkable sincerity, depth of personal knowledge and experience – all or which permeate the writing of this extraordinary work most compellingly. The music is, by turns, witty, moving, exciting, and transporting.” – Julian Marshall, composer. ARCM, FHEA