Hastings composer is "looking for God"
He admits “I’m having problems finding the girl soprano responsible to sing the part of God in the oratorio.
“According to the score she should be looking between ten-15 years old but I cannot find the right singer yet.”
“Spirituality is all about asking questions while religion is all about giving answers.
“And I am not in the business of giving answers,” Polo said.
“Libera Nos is, to the best of our knowledge, the very first multi-faith oratorio to be premiered anywhere in the world.
“This monumental work was written for five soloists, mixed choir, children’s choir and full symphony orchestra. Originally commissioned by Peter Armstrong, on behalf of Musica Sacra, the work took over three years to be researched and finally completed.
“The main idea behind this oratorio was to convey and unite the traditional beliefs and spiritual messages of all main world religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
“Libera Nos (Deliver Us in Latin) is a very exciting and passionate major new work, comprising 60 original vocal and instrumental compositions structured into four main sections: Creation, Law & Obedience, End of Time and Reconciliation & Salvation.
“It was born out of the belief that as long as people remain segregated from each other, the world will continue being a deeply divisive, unjust and unhappy place.
“Only by looking for common ground and universal similarities can we find understanding and contribute to a better life for all of us on this planet.
“We welcome you all to experience the world premiere of this very important work.”
The performers will be London Mozart Players (leader: Ruth Rogers), Hastings Sinfonia (leader: Peter Fields), Anne Rebecca Højlund soprano, Linda Grace alto, Matthew Scott Clark tenor, Stephen Holloway bass, TBC Treble, Libera Nos Chorus and Hastings Music Services Junior Choir (conductor: Ailsa Vilson).