A major new work in three parts by the Anglo-American composer Kevin Malone, ‘A Day in the Life’ is a musical tribute to the workers of West Yorkshire’s textile communities, commissioned by Andy Long, Associate Leader of The Orchestra of Opera North.
A Peterloo Parade is a witty, playful overture composed from current and historical rally cries in the UK and USA mixed with the songs sung just before the 1819 massacre at St Peter’s Field, Manchester, known as “Peterloo”.
My Mill Life is a work for solo violin and pre-recorded monologues by current and former mill workers in Leeds and Bradford. The violin and the voices mimic each other and the sounds of the mill to evoke the atmosphere of the workplace.
A Day in the Life for violin and orchestra relates the hour-by-hour struggle during a typical day for a 19th century indentured child worker in a northern textile mill, inspired by the autobiography of Robert Blincoe, “the real Oliver Twist”.
The suite will be premiered by Andy and the Orchestra of Opera North at Morley Town Hall on Friday 3 May 2019, before touring to venues in Leeds and the surrounding area with links to textile mills and the Industrial Revolution.
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