Monday, 7 October 2019

NEWS: Peace Song Cycle to be performed at Manchester Cathedral on Remembrance Day.


Peace Song Cycle to be performed 
in Manchester Cathedral

These Days - The Manchester Peace Song Cycle will be performed in Manchester Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday 10th November at 7.30pm.

Feelgood are delighted to be performing 'These Days' Manchester's first dedicated Song Cycle as a special one-off event in Manchester Cathedral for Remembrance Sunday to honour all peacemakers and in celebration of Feelgood Theatre's 25th Anniversary.  Tony Walsh, the poet who has written the libretto, will be joined by a host of VIPs so tickets for this event are limited but being made available to the public.
 
Caroline Clegg founder of Feelgood and multi-award winning Director said

“After the world premiere last year, we received many requests to repeat it so I am delighted that Tony Walsh and all the singers and choirs can come together once again to perform this special Manchester piece in the cathedral.  Feelgood have been creating work in Manchester for 25 years this year and this has to be a highlight of all our shows.  I hope people will come with their families to celebrate our city and cherish our universal quest for peace!”

The show is a modern classical fusion of music, poetry and drama and revels in the sunshine days of childhood.  It is a complete story told in ten songs created by 9 critically acclaimed composers Nicola LeFanu, Emily Howard, Ailis Ni Riain, Anna Appleby, Lizzy Gür, Lucy Hale, Freya Ireland, Grace-Evangeline Mason, and Carmel Smickersgill.   It is blended together with a peek at the past through wonderful projected images high above the performance area.

Set in Heaton Park These Days is told through the eyes of the beloved Heaton Park Lions who become 'Arthur and Amelia'. They take us on a beautiful musical journey from sunrise to sunset, sharing the tears of all they have seen in war time and the laughter and joy of all that we value in peace time.   From Suffragette rallies to William Grimshaw’s joyous gramophone concerts; from the Manchester Pals First World War army camp to the 1939 RAF base, Pope John Paul II’s visit, to family picnics, boat rides and Oasis concerts. 

Specially written for solo voices and choirs it is performed by: Jenny Carson (sop) and Christopher Littlewood (tenor), actor Joseph Jordan and dancer Kezia Coulson with Cheetwood Primary School and Xavarian College.  These Days was gifted to the Lord Mayor on behalf of the city of Manchester to be used in the community and any future profits will be donated to the Forever Manchester Charity to encourage music in schools. This inspiring piece has been hailed as an example of what music can do to celebrate the best of our past and appreciate the future.  

Musical Director: Thomas Hopkinson.   Director: Caroline Clegg

Chamber ensemble: Peter Mitchell, Mads Fitzgerald, Emily Wilson, Danny Mills, Amy Surman.

Libretto by Tony Walsh with additional poetry by Simon Armitage and Wilfred Owen.  

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Further details

These Days: The Manchester Peace Song Cycle - Sunday 10th November 7.30 pm inside Manchester Cathedral

Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £10 concession.

Box Office link is: www.jumblebee.co.uk/songcycle 

Further details: www.feelgoodtheatre.co.uk

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