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BCS Next Concert

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Child of Our Time

10.30am-5.00pm
25 October 2014

St Swithin's Church, Bath BA1 5LY

Tippett Workshop

A Child of our Time is an oratorio appropriate for all time, dealing as it does with oppression -- man's continuing inhumanity to man. Tippett started writing the work on the very day that Britain declared war on Germany but its sentiments have remained relevant throughout the more than 70 years since its first performance.

Our workshop at St Swithin's in the Paragon on 25 October, to which all are invited, will introduce guests and choir members alike to its tremendous power. It will be an enjoyable activity where singers get together in mutual support to produce something bigger than the sum of its parts, and we very much welcome guest-singers joining the choir for the day to help in this. Few singers can claim to be familiar with the work, so BCS members will be tackling the same challenge!

Since Tippett modelled his composition on Handelian oratorios and the Bach Passions, the chorus is constantly involved in the action. Very effectively, in place of Lutheran chorales, Tippett substitutes his own arrangements of five American Spirituals. These very human statements about struggle against adversity were specifically chosen to speak to atheists and agnostics as well as Jews and Christians. As with the chorales in the Passions, they punctuate the narrative - they provide interludes for reflection within the middle of the work, and very moving perorations at the end of each of the three parts that constitute the oratorio.

This promises to be a memorable event, working on what many believe to be the supreme 20th century example of an English oratorio. Do come along and help us to make it a day to remember. If you don't wish to sing but would like to come and hear our final product, there will be a free workshop-style performance of A Child of our Time at 4 pm, to which non-singing friends and family are invited.

For booking details, click here.


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