On 29th April 2016, a wonderful evening of music was held at St Michael’s Church, Framlingham. Dark Disputes and Artful Teasing featured soloist James Gilchrist alongside a selection of other skilled musicians.
“Julian Marshall’s setting for unaccompanied voices perfectly captures the atmosphere of Blake’s words, re-contextualising their consideration of what it is to be human in a diverse range of modern musical styles.” George Jackson, conductor.
A maestro accomplished beyond his years leads this intimate eight-piece vocal ensemble in an atmospheric church acoustic. The youthful Rubythroat, a group of wonderfully skilled singers, display a fabulously nuanced approach to interpretation. They are joined in concert by the world-famous lyric tenor, James Gilchrist, who appears as a special guest and for whom the solo part was written.
Following a successful career in the pop industry, Julian turned his hand to writing classical music – and recent works have received critical acclaim (“…heading into the limelight of the Classic FM Hall of Fame.” Maddox, The Observer). This composition in fourteen parts, based on the Songs of Innocence and Experience, took the listener on a colourful journey through a variety of landscapes, moods and flavours – reflecting Blake’s amazing ability to create a multiplicity of experience, from social commentary to deeply felt awe and mystery.
Blake’s voice is more relevant today than ever, and following his commitment to social reform, all profits raised were donated to the very worthy charity Place 2 Be, whose work with vulnerable young people suffering mental health crises is invaluable.
For more information, visit Julian Marshall Projects.
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