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Premieres on those words for the chorus. Craig though: two large screens onto which Phillips is Associate Director of Music and were projected various views of the orch- Composer in Residence at All Saints’ Church, estra and an impressive collection of ast- Beverley Hills, and holds a Doctorate in ronomical images from various telescopes Composition from the Eastman School of around the world and in space, giant ball- Music, Rochester, New York State. oons represented planets, dry ice floated A member of the audience was so into the ether and spooky coloured lighting impressed she sent the following report added to the effects. Joseph Phi[pps which we are pleased to publish: ‘Although So, with all this going on, what about the Church seemed a bit small for the the music? The concert began with a rather choir’s large sound it is a great venue for a pointless performance of the Represent- Williamson is certainly a technically concert of Requiems and Remembrance. ation of Chaos from Haydn’s Creation (Oh gifted player; she brought virtuosity and The concert opener, Fauré’s Cantique of yes, there’s the Haydn link too…you get dedication to this premiere performance. Jean Racine, immediately showed great the idea!), before the oratorio began. The Joseph Phibbs has written some fine dynamic contrasts and a real attention to story, such as it is, concerns an astronomer things to date. The first impression of this detail on the part of the performers, which and her student who, having perhaps look- three-movement, 15-minute concerto they brought to the same composer’s ed through a few too many telescopes, (similarly scored to the Copland, strings Requiem. The Philips piece was a real pondered the universe and its creation. and harp, minus the piano) is that it is full winner. The choir sang brilliantly, the The music itself began with high screeches of potential but doesn’t quite add up. The orchestra added wonderful colour and the on the strings and worked its way through first movement suggests the dusk of a new soloists really brought out the passion of richly scored episodes, cleverly done per- day, quite Romantic, the increase in speed the music, putting their heart and soul into cussion and myriad choral effects, rather and intensity compelling, but the cut-off the performance, and in response the as images from space. A couple of lapses seems too abrupt leaving the argument in singers and players did the same. The first into up-tempo jazz provided a few high- mid-air, and whatever the contrasts of the part of the Philips emerged out of some lights, together with some dark string writing second movement, it’s the slow, elegiac odd sounds, but with a fabulous melody. that landed on various notes before sliding finale that leaves the biggest impression if The choir showed real commitment to the off like footsteps on an ice floe. Williams’s still leaving room for a rounding-off fourth score and their singing blazed like an open choral writing was very evocative and movement that maybe the composer fire on what was a wet November evening.’ artfully done, while his dark orchestration might consider adding. Natalie Creed
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