This Saturday sees the first performance of June Unfolding by the orchestra of King Edward Musical Society in Macclesfield as part of the Barnaby Festival marking the 750th anniversary of the Royal Charter of Macclesfield. It seems like only yesterday that I first met the orchestra, but months down the line, here we are and rehearsals have been going very well. Alongside my piece the programme includes Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Beethoven Violin Concerto (performed by the orchestra’s leader, Melissa Court), the Apotheosis/Triumphal March from Berlioz’s Grand symphonie funèbre et triomphale, and A New Song’s Measure for choir and concert band by Irish composer Fergal Carroll.
You can find out more about June Unfolding on the Adopt a Composer blog. Many thanks go to the organisations that supported this commission — Sound and Music, PRS for Music Foundation and Making Music — but also to all the members of the orchestra, conductor Tony Houghton and KEMS chairman Tim Ward.