June 2022 brings the release of a filmed performance from February 2022 of Liz Dilnot Johnson’s When A Child Is A Witness, recorded live during Coventry’s City of Culture year.
A powerful, emotional work When A Child Is A Witness ‘brings different communities and art-forms together within the framework of a Requiem in response to the human tragedy of war and displacement and celebrates the offer of refuge and hope.
This performance features Ex Cathedra Choir and Academy of Vocal Music, Gabriella Liandu (mezzo soprano), Lucy Russell (violin), Kadialy Kouyate (West African kora), Luis Prendi (North Albanian Bilbil), Rupert Jeffcoat (organ), James Keefe (piano), Carriers of Hope, Sharing Cultures & Inini Initiative (supported by Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre and Belgrade Theatre), European Youth Music Refugee Choir and Yathreb Ramadhan poet.
The film will be released on Wednesday 8 June at 7pm on Ex Cathedra website, Facebook and YouTube and will remain available until Thursday 30 June at 11:59pm.
…most impressive of all was Johnson’s music, a composition of notable insight, beauty, and variety.Church Times
A moving and wonderful piece of work. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★Behind the Arras
Ex Cathedra continues championing Liz Dilnot Johnson’s music throughout their Summer By Candlelight tour. They will perform Liz’s setting of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ searing poem The Windhover for 10-part choir with baritone solo, which was commissioned in 2020 as one of Ex Cathedra’s Dawn Chorus series. Liz’s Blake Reimagined for improvising choir and soloists, also written in 2020, features in the programmes as well.
Ex Cathedra Summer By Candlelight tour dates:
Tuesday 14 June at St Chad’s Shrewsbury
Wednesday 15 June at Hereford Cathedral
Thursday 16 June at St Peter’s Collegiate Church Wolverhampton
Tuesday 21 – Wednesday 22 June at St Paul’s Church, Birmingham
Saturday 25 June at St Martin-in-the-Fields
Also, one of the refugee groups which Liz Dilnot Johnson worked in When A Child Is A Witness have been invited to perform at the Bristol Refugee Festival on Sunday 26 June. Liz Dilnot Johnson will be working with the young people in the European Youth Music Refugee Choir to perform their music created for the Requiem, and they will develop some new ideas together on the theme of Healing through Community.
Liz Dilnot Johnson’s The Windhover and Blake Reimagined are available for perusal and purchase through Composers Edition website, to which When A Child Is A Witness will be added shortly.
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