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News - Tarik O’Regan: The Night’s Untruth

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The Night's Untruth, a new work for choir, brass and organ by Tarik O'Regan will be the centrepiece of the tenth anniversary celebrations of the John Armitage Memorial Trust when it is premiered in London by the BBC Singers (pictured) and Onyx Brass on March 25. Following the world premiere at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, the piece will be performed and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at St. Leonard’s Church, Hythe in Kent on March 26. Book tickets here
The piece explores the use of sleep as metaphor by dint of excerpts from poems written in the 17th to 20th centuries. Death, love, fear, ecstasy, isolation, dreaming and rest are all textual ‘variations’ on the ‘theme’ of sleep and can be found in the chosen texts. The work’s title is taken from a poem by Samuel Daniel (1562-1619) and speaks to the composition's focus on sleep as a parallel, possibly dystopian, existence to the one experienced in our waking hours. Tarik O'Regan
O’Regan’s piece has been jointly commissioned by JAM and the American choir VocalEssence which will give the US premiere under director Philip Brunelle during the 2010/11 season. Since its foundation in 2000, the John Armitage Memorial has been responsible for developing the repertoire of works for choir and brass through commissioning many of the UK’s leading composers and providing performance opportunities for emerging talents. “JAM is a vital organisation that fosters a furthering of the canon of existing chamber works by the commissioning of new compositions,” comments O’Regan. “I'm very excited to be working with JAM as I believe it is precisely this kind of rare patronage which is capable of maintaining the relevancy of contemporary music to audiences, performers and composers today.”

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