Mark Bowden has composed Outside, a new orchestra piece commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for their Reinvention Weekend.
Ryan Bancroft is conducting BBC National Orchestra of Wales in this première which is taking place this February on Radio 3. Keep an eye of their schedule!
Mark plans to integrate Outside in to the opera he is writing for Welsh National Opera.
Commissioned and composed during various lockdown periods throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, this short orchestral piece is a reworking of a chaconne from Act II, Scene 2 of my opera Sea Change. The opera is set in an imagined future where people live under the sea in individual pods, communicating only via screens. In this scene, Kai and her father argue about escaping the isolation to live freely “above the waves, upon the land” as the underwater city’s infrastructure collapses around them. Kai sings of how she longs to “hear a bird sing, feel the wind against my skin… up there in the re-born earth.” Her father wishes to stay; he sings “my time is here, chosen by nature, the sea.” Time is short as their homes begin to quake and shift. Kai must choose her future.Mark Bowden