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BBC Singers

November 12, 2006

I’ve been asked to write a new piece for the BBC singers, to be developed in workshops and rehearsals over the next six months and then premiered in July next year. The starting point for my piece is a poem by Emily Dickinson, which begins

Exultation is the going
Of an inland soul to sea

I think they’re wonderful words, vividly conveying the exhilaration of a great challenge, and at the same time, courage in the face of mortality. For me, 24 strong, vibrant voices is absolutely the perfect medium in which to set these words to music, and I’m really looking forward to working with the singers on the piece.

Music by Jeremy Thurlow

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