Tears for Fears (arr. Gary Jules Michael Andrews Iain Farrington) Mad World
Britten (arr. Imogen Holst) Rejoice in the Lamb
Mahler (arr. Iain Farrington) Das Lied von der Erde (UK premiere)
Andrew Staples tenor
Jane Irwin mezzo-soprano
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge Graham Ross | director
Nicholas Collon conductor
For I will consider Aurora Orchestra’s ‘Earth Song’.
For it pertains to the manifold colours of life.
For it wreathes with elegant quickness among dreams, fears, beauty and darkness.
For it features the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, and singer/director Andrew Staples.
For together they will semi-stage Britten’s jubilant Rejoice in the Lamb.
For it sings praise for all living things, from the mouse to the lion to the flowers to the cat Jeoffry.
For its poetry was written by Christopher Smart in 1759 while confined to an asylum.
For there too will be heard Das Lied von der Erde.
For Mahler’s great work is a hymn to earth, wine, spring, the leaves and mortality.
For its poetry is drawn from the Tang Dynasty of the eighth century.
(For ‘wildly singing I waited for the moon to rise’.)
For by listening to all these I have found out electricity.
For Aurora can tread to all the measures upon the musick.
For it can play for its life.
For it can sing.
After Christopher Smart
15th November 2013
16th November 2013