The Crouch End Festival Chorus, one of the UK’s most prolific independent choirs, will be performing James McCarthy‘s 17 Days at the Barbican later this month.
Inspired by the 2010 Chilean mining accident in which 33 men became trapped underground, the piece’s title is a reference to the amount of time spent by the miners buried in the collapsed mineshaft.
David Temple, founder and conductor of the Crouch End Festival Chorus, commissioned James McCarthy to compose 17 Days, which was premiered last year on February 5. Now, back due to popular demand, the choir are set to return to the work later this month at the Barbican Centre, London on April 27.
The concert programme will also feature Carl Orff’s powerful and direct tour de force, Carmina Burana.
More details can be found here.
A video preview of the event and overview of the story behind 17 Days can be viewed below:
James McCarthy has blogged about the creative process and ideas behind 17 Days over on his official website.
Spanning the worlds of classical, choral, soundtracks and popular music the Crouch End Festival Chorus have worked with an eclectic array of artists including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Alfie Boe, Lesley Garrett, Andrea Bocelli and Ennio Morricone. They are also regular performers at the BBC Proms and have appeared on the soundtrack to a number of films and TV shows including Doctor Who.
For more information on the choir visit their official website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
17 Days takes place at the Barbican Centre, London on April 27. Ticket information can also be found online here.
‘Remarkably engaging…genuinely moving’ The Independent
‘Made performers and audience alike feel exalted’ The Times