Commissioned by City of London Sinfonia for their 50th anniversary year, with help from Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations, and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation.

Winner of the Large Ensemble category at The Ivors Composer Awards 2022

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  • Tenor
  • 1 hr 10 min

Programme Note

Scenes from the Wild is a Song Cycle for Tenor and Chamber Orchestra, based on the book by Dara McAnulty: Diary of a Young Naturalist.

The diary, March 2018-19, begins with an echo of Dara’s early memories, then traces the year through his autism and being bullied at school, but primarily through real events that describe his interaction with the natural world. His fascination for all flora and fauna and his horror at their destruction lead on to the start of his activism; by the end of this year he emerges, just before his 15th birthday, knowing where he must go. 

© Amanda Holden 



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