On Windover Hill
March 7 2020
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Harlequin Chamber Choir, Corra Sound
Harlequin recently gave the world premiere of a new cantata by composer, Nathan James. On Windover Hill was inspired by the Long Man of Wilmington, an ancient figure carved into the South Downs. The music, scored for SATB choir and chamber orchestra, was performed in the beautiful surroundings of the 12th Century Boxgrove Priory in West Sussex and was attended by a capacity audience. The cantata also included two dancers from First Dance Studios and a number of readings given by Cole Moreton (author & journalist), Peter Martin (poet), Emily Jeffery (BBC presenter), Justin Hopper (author), and Philip Carr-Gomm (author) – pictured below. Our colleagues at Corra Sound also gave a rare performance of Goblin Market by Ruth Gipps, accompanied by the strings of the RPCO.
The choir also gave the first UK performance of Wyndore in 82 years, by Avril Coleridge-Taylor, along with pieces by fellow Sussex composers, Frank Bridge, John Ireland, and Thomas Weelkes.
We are grateful to the Arts Council, The RVW Trust, and The Ambache Trust for their support for this concert.
Photographs by Rachel Poulton