The Open University Choir have commissioned A different kind of urban, a new work for choir, brass ensemble and percussion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes and will be performed alongside here Antiphonary under the direction of Bill Strang who is in his 40th year as conductor. A different kind of urban sets specially commissioned text by Writer Judi Moore, a long time resident of Milton Keynes. The performance will also be linked with a OU Humanities’ Being Human Festival. Lane Writes:
Like many, I had certain pre-conceptions about Milton Keynes when I first approached writing A different kind of urban; however, I have since had the good fortune to be guided into a deeper understanding of the many strands that make up this remarkable town. A recce visit with The Open University Choir conductor Bill Strang and lyricist Judi Moore in February 2017, both long-time residents, opened my eyes to a rich wealth of history when we visited key artefacts of the town (none of which I will divulge here, as it would take away from the marvellous narrative of Judi’s lyrics!).
Lane’s association with The Open University Choir began in 2012 when they performed Red Sky at Night and also In Flanders Fields which they performed again in November 2014. In 2016 Lane re-arranged Antiphonary for performance in an OU Choir concert (available from CE in versions for symphonic brass, brass band, brass ensemble, and wind dectet and piano). Other performances of Antiphonary include Foden’s Band (2016), Lydbrook Band at Barcelona Cathedral (2013) and Murcia Cathedral (2015), and Frank Renton’s Brass Machine (2017).
The Hub Theatre, Open University, Milton Keynes, 23 November 2017