The BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) has made the difficult decision to cancel its tour this week to venues in Aberystwyth, Bangor and Llandudno due to cases of Covid within the Orchestra.
Andrew Lewis’s piece In Memory for orchestra and electronics will be premiered on Friday 18 March in Bangor (North Wales) by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes, recorded by BBC Radio 3. This piece was commissioned by the BBC and Tŷ Cerdd as part of the celebrations of 100 years of Music at Bangor University.
In Memory is a reflection on life with dementia, and especially on the experience of unpaid family carers. Extracts from recorded interviews with family carers are translated directly into orchestral material.
The title In Memory refers to memory in different senses. It is the lost memories of those with dementia. It is the memories of those caring for them, memories of the person as they were and more recent memories of the challenges their caring role brings. It is also a plea for wider society to remember the invisible workforce of thousands of unpaid carers, who work long hours in difficult conditions, often without recognition or reward. Finally, the piece is offered in memory of all who have been lost to dementia, and as a celebration of what remains when even memory is lost.
While In Memory stands alone as a concert piece, it is also the final movement of a four-movement work, Lebenslieder. Together with the other movements – Daybreak, Scherzo and Nachtmusik – In Memory aims to bring the challenges of living with dementia into the concert hall, breaking the silence that often surrounds the subject and giving voice to the day-to-day experience of what is becoming the defining medical condition of our age.Andrew Lewis
Lebenslieder (which includes In Memory) is proudly available through the Composers Edition website alongside other works by Andrew Lewis.