Charlotte Bray‘s powerful new work, ‘Falling in the Fire’, will receive its world premiere on Monday 14th August 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. The cello concerto, written as an expression of ‘moral outrage’ at the destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra last summer, will be premiered by cellist Guy Johnston and BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo.
“I began composing the concerto on the day when it was confirmed that the ruins in the ancient city of Palmyra had been destroyed by Daesh. I felt compelled to write something and to explore the terrible situation unfolding in Syria through the means at my disposal- sound and imagination. Shortly after beginning work on the piece I came across the work of investigative journalist Tim Hetherington. His short film ‘Diary’ struck me so strongly and had a significant influence on the structure and ideas behind my new composition, entitled ‘Falling in the Fire’. Although my piece is not programmatic in any sense, Hetherington’s goal of engaging the viewer with the subject matter speaks to me directly in relation to what I would like to achieve with the piece,” explains Charlotte.
‘Falling in the Fire’ will soon be available on Composers Edition. Watch a short movie featuring Charlotte and Guy Johnston ahead of the premiere next Monday:
Falling in the Fire cello concerto *World Première*
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London
Guy Johnston cello, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo conductor
On the same evening, Charlotte’s chamber works will be performed at the Proms Extra concert at the Imperial College Union, London from 17:45 with the composer herself in conversation.
The Albany Piano Trio, Josephine Goddard soprano, Paul McKenzie piano
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