Meanwhile, it emerges that at least one other movement had a previous performance - the Orlando Singers performed the Kyrie at the Wessex Festival on 10 August 2018. The form of accompaniment is not stated - I assume organ, but it would be interesting to hear from anyone who was present. The Orlando Singers make no claim that this was a world première, possibly it did not occur to them that it might be. Come to think of it, with the vocal score published in 1920, it is perfectly possible that amateur performances of parts, even the whole, took place with piano or organ accompaniment in the interwar years - performances of this kind leave little or no paper trail.
I am not, of course, proposing to detract from Adrian Partington and the BBC Wales forces the enormous credit of having given the first complete performance with orchestra.
« Back to index | View thread »
Thank you for taking part in the MusicWeb International Forum.
Len Mullenger - Founder of MusicWeb