Sherborne composer’s work in Isolation Songbook

COMPOSER Elliott Park, a music teacher at Sherborne School, has a new work being broadcast on YouTube as part of the Isolation Songbook project, from St Pancras Clock Tower in London on Wednesday 29th July.

The Clock Tower live broadcast features mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston and baritone Michael Craddock, with Alex Soares on Piano.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, Helen, a City Music Foundation artist, who sang in a concert in Sherborne in February this year, has created a project, the Isolation Songbook, inspiring a collection of composers and poets to channel their creativity into a tangible, positive response to this time of chaos and change.

Helen and Michael will give the premiere of this book of 14 songs, in collaboration with City Music Foundation, live on YouTube from the Clock Tower at 6pm on Wednesday 29th.

Composers involved in the project include Ben Rowarth’s work on AA Milne’s The King’s Breakfast, a new work by Heloise Werner set to Alistair Lewis’ The Orange Vendor, Owain Park, Richard Barnard, Nathan Dearden, James Davy and Elliott Park, who teaches music and music technology at Sherborne.

Elliott Park has set a poem by Torquato Tasso, Ecco Mormorar L’Onde,  (Hear the Murmuring Breezes) translated for the project by Harry Cochrane. It was most famously set to music by Claudio Monteverdi. Elliott asked Harry, an old school and university friend who lives in Florence, for the translation in mid May. “So both words and music are very much a product of the pandemic’s effect on our lives,” says Elliott.

Helen Charlston (pictured above) was a soloist in the Sherborne Schools Choral Society concert in February.

For more information on the Isolation Songbook project, and to listen to the YouTube broadcast of the concert, visit the City Music Foundation website, http://www.citymusicfoundation.org