Non Omnis Moriar, Alison Willis’ setting for solo soprano and choir of an extraordinary poem by Zuzanna Ginczanka, performed by the BBC Singers will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 8 March Afternoon Concert program between 2-5pm as part of the BBC’s International Women’s Day celebration. Conducted by James Morgan, it was recorded as part of the BBC Singers Concert themed around the Refugee Experience in September 2018.
Zuzanna Ginczanka’s best known poem which translates as Not All of Me Will Die was written after the poet from captivity by Nazi police in the Polish city of Lvov talks of the family heirlooms which her grandmother hid from the authorities in order to provide for her grand daughter’s future which ended 6 years later, having been recaptured and detained in the notorious Nazi prison Montelupich.
Because I leave not a single heir,
Let your curious hands through my Jew things browse, if conscience allows.
Meadow tablecloths, wardrobe castles strong, acres of fine bedsheets, linen treasures great,And dresses, light dresses, if conscience allows.
Translation : Marek Kazmierski
The Wind’s Warning, a setting of Ivor Gurney’s poem reflecting on the transitory nature of life and opportunities untaken and a winner of the Gesualdo Six’s 2019 Composition Competition is to be premiered by the vocal ensemble at their Cadogan Hall debut on Thursday 7 March in a programme juxtaposing the new and the old included works by Tallis, Ligeti, Joanna Marsh and Joby Talbot.
The Gesualdo Six
Passion and Polyphony
Thursday 7 March, 7.30pm
Cadogan Hall, London
Tickets & Info
Both works will be available soon from composersedition.com.Alison Willis Profile & Works