Lucy Thraves

Deputy Editor

Genesis Foundation announces premieres inspired by the Eton Choirbook

11:38, 3rd May 2018

Harry Christophers & The Sixteen are to premiere new Genesis Foundation commissions by Sir James MacMillan and emerging composers Phillip Cooke, Marco Galvani and Joseph Phibbs.

The works are the result of the Genesis Foundation’s ongoing commissioning and mentoring programme, which sees new pieces inspired by landmark faith texts or artefacts, and young composers mentored by Sir James MacMillan and Harry Christophers.

All four pieces will use texts from the Eton Choirbook, a manuscript of English sacred music composed by 93 different composers of the late 15th century. The artefact will be on display during the evening of premieres.

‘The Genesis Foundation has to date commissioned 21 pieces of choral sacred music to ensure new music of faith is constantly created and renewed,’ said the foundation’s founder and chairman John Studzinski.

‘These latest commissions reflect our core beliefs in enabling artistic leaders to mentor younger talent and continue our long-standing relationship with James MacMillan and Harry Christophers.’

Sir James MacMillan commented: ‘My collaborations with John Studzinski have become some of the most fruitful artistic experiences in my life. A major part of this is being able to talk with, and mentor, some younger composers on their journey into sacred choral music.’

The premieres will take place on 22 May at Eton College Chapel. The concert will be streamed live on www.classicfm.com and made available on their website for a month.


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