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Turnage cantata premiere in City of Culture
2 July 2013
The organ of the restored Derry-Londonderry Guildhall
The first performance of the Derry-Londonderry UK City of
Culture classical season took place on 2 July – the world premiere of At Sixes
and Sevens, a newly-commissioned cantata performed concurrently in the two
Guildhalls of London and Derry-Londonderry.
The cantata consists of nine movements written by the
Pulitzer-Prize winning Northern Irish poet Paul Muldoon and the composer
The work – the first to be performed in the newly reopened
Derry-Londonderry Guildhall following a £9.5m restoration – was interspersed with further sections devised by communities in Derry-Londonderry
and London. At Sixes and Sevens was performed by Camerata Ireland,
the London Symphony Orchestra, soloists, choirs and specially commissioned
The Guildhall restoration included work on the display pipes
of the 1914 William Hill organ, which now feature 23-carat Italian gold leaf
and an acorn design.
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