A Child of Our Time

Saturday 24th June 2023

Individual lives tell the stories for this programme. Jamaican-born British composer Eleanor Alberga is inspired by the memory of a dear friend, a “tower of strength”, with music that brings a character to life.

 

Meanwhile, Vaughan Williams tells the tale of a vagabond on his travels who demands “give to me the life I love”. Tippett’s oratorio relates the tragedy of an individual’s desperate act, and over 80 years after its premiere, still resonates with its themes of oppression and disenfranchisement.

His use of African-American spirituals to evoke, as he put it, those “cast out from the centre of our society onto the fringes” is as pertinent now as it was then.This performance will be signed by BSL interpreter, Paul Whittaker OBE.

Martyn Brabbins conductor
Nardus Williams soprano
Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano
Elgan Llŷr Thomas tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

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