Drawing on first-hand accounts of refugees, Odyssey, a 50’ work for soloists, choir, and orchestra by Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton premieres at Bristol Beacon on January 28. The work celebrates and documents the courage of those who make the perilous journey, and the complex fortunes of those who manage to make a life in a new country, yet always long for home. With the storytelling shared between adult chorus, children’s chorus, community chorus and soprano and tenor soloists, with symphony orchestra Odyssey has been written in such a way that it may be fully or partially staged.
The first performance with the City of Bristol Choir, along with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is conducted by David Ogden and was co-commissioned by them and the Bristol Music Trust who helped develop the piece, by organising workshops in which librettist Alasdair Middleton and Jonathan Dove met refugees currently living in Bristol. The community choirs Bristol Youth Choir and Bristol Windrush Reggae Choir join the performers along with Francesca Chiejina, Soprano and Thando Mjandana, Tenor.
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