Following its success in the Brighton Festival, Brighton Festival Chorus is to perform Malcolm Hawkins’ Martha and Lazarus in a grand finale of its 2013-14 season.
“This experimental new work will be presented, as a European premiere, alongside Duruflé, Requiem and Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending,” says spokesman Neil Fraser-Smith.
“The massed voices of Brighton Festival Chorus will be joined by the Orpheus Sinfonia and Benjamin Baker (violin), under the baton of James Morgan. This concert is the second own promotion concert in Brighton in 2014 and rounds off BFC’s 2013-14 season on home territory.”
The performance will be on Saturday, July 12, at 8pm at All Saints Church, Hove. Tickets on 01273 709709.
Neil added: “This is the fourth concert that BFC is performing in Brighton and Hove in 2014. It follows the resounding success of its March promotion featuring John Rutter, Requiem and Mass of the Children, its performance in the Brighton Festival of Arvo Pärt, Litany with the City of London Sinfonia and the Hilliard Ensemble, and its appearance in the closing concert of the Brighton Festival where the Chorus was splendidly showcased in two great works, Bernstein, Chichester Psalms and Stravinsky, Symphony of Psalms with the renowned Philharmonia Orchestra.
“Each year, BFC promotes two or three concerts locally in Brighton and Hove alongside its work in the Brighton Festival and busy schedule of engagements, which this season alone includes performances in Northern France of the Verdi Requiem.”
Malcolm Hawkins was born in Oporto, Portugal, was educated in England and now lives in New Hampshire, USA.
“Martha and Lazarus was inspired by the Caravaggio masterpiece Raising of Lazarus, recently rescued from dank obscurity in a church in Messina, Sicily and unveiled, luminously restored, in Rome in 2012.”
Benjamin Baker (violin) was born in New Zealand in 1990. He first picked up a violin aged just three years old. Four years later he had already made seven television appearances in New Zealand and played with Nigel Kennedy who recommended he apply to join the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in London.
“Benjamin applied, was granted a scholarship, and travelled to Surrey to begin his training.
His last big performance in New Zealand before leaving his homeland was a carol concert in front of 20,000 people in Wellington. Since then he has played in the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Bath Pump Room at the International Bath Festival and The Stables. He has also given recitals in Turkey, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, France and New Zealand.