About this project
Please help bring the world premiere of my new work, "Divine Madness: The Visions of William Blake", to Kings Place, London on Wednesday 2nd November 2016.
The Vision of Albion will explore relationships between music, poetry and visual art through the prism of Blake’s mind. Readings from Blake’s "Milton" that relate directly to his final masterpiece Jerusalem will form part of this multi-disciplinary performance, while two magnificent Fantazias for six part viol consort by the Tudor master Orlando Gibbons will contrast with two rarely heard works by John Milton senior, the famous poet's father.
"Divine Madness: The Visions of William Blake" forms the second half of the evening performed by the renowned Consort of Viols, Fretwork, tenor Charles Daniels complemented by a visual score by Robert Golden featuring Blake’s magnificent colour images.
In this centenary year of Sir Hubert Parry’s celebrated setting of ‘And did those feet in Ancient Times…’ I hope to offer new insight into these well loved lines from Blake’s Milton through employing texts from his Jerusalem to provoke thought on Blake’s original meaning.
It will be an ambitious, inspiring and thought-provoking evening. To make this dream come true we need to cover the costs of the hall hire and artists’ fees, which means not only selling out the performance but finding additional funding.
To support us please donate whatever you can to make this exciting project a reality. Your support will truly make all the difference. Those who are willing to donate a little more will receive something more in return, including gifts, recordings of the performance, signed scores etc.
Any funds raised in excess of our target will go towards reaching a wider audience by financing future performances around the country.
You can also show your support by booking tickets. To book and for more details, please go to the Kings Place website: http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/music/the-vision-of-albion-fretwork-and-william-blake#.V5y3JTkrK2w
Why This Means So Much To Me
I was first shown Blake’s paintings by my two elder brothers at the age of eight. Captivated by his startling images, colour and designs it has been my lifelong dream to express this bewilderment and wonder through music. Blake’s world-view is different from our own; challenging, complex but in the present day of science fiction, space epics, alongside world wide violence, still highly relevant.
After a life-time in music this concert brings together some of the best artists I have worked with, and is dedicated both to William Blake, and to my brothers Donald and Keith who are no longer with us.
£9,000 is required to cover hall hire and to pay artists appropriately. Any amount we raise over this will go towards future performances.
Graham Treacher has had a long and distinguished musical career as a conductor, performer and composer. In the 1960’s he conducted the UK premieres of works by Schönberg for the BBC and the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts. He spent two years at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden at the invitation of Sir George Solti and went on to spend four years as associate conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He founded many outstanding groups such as the London New Music Singers, co-founding Northern Music Theatre with David Sawer and Vic Hoyland and the Thaxted Morley Festival week-ends with Imogen Holst. Recent performances include conducting George Benjamin’s Upon Silence with Fretwork and Susan Bickley at Kings Place and composing and conducting Darwins Dream, a commission by the Wellcome Trust for the bi-centenary of Charles Darwin’s birth in 2009, premiering at the Shrewsbury Darwin Festival and moving onto the Royal Albert Hall, London. His six songs of Planet Earth were performed in 2010 at the Boston Science Festival and MIT Cambridge Mass.
Fretwork: 2016 has seen the group celebrate 30 years of performing music as the world’s leading consort of viols. They have expanded their repertory to include music from over 500 years, from the first printed consort music in Venice (1501) to music written this year. The future sees many exciting projects based on the thrilling juxtaposition of old and new; making the experience of old music new and bringing the sensibilities of past ages to bear on contemporary music. http://www.fretwork.co.uk/
Charles Daniels is best known as an interpreter of Baroque music, but his narrative gifts have covered many repertoires with performances spanning music over 13 centuries. He has made over 100 CDs and is heard in concerts throughout Europe and North America. Latterly he's composed missing parts for a Purcell Ode and Gesualdo's Sacrae Cantiones à6.
Robert Golden is a multi-award winning photographer and film-maker and writer on art, photography, and politics who now devotes much of his time to charity work and teaching. www.robertgoldenpictures.com
Glyn Perrin studied composition with Rands, Orton and Lutyens at the University of York and California. For over 40 years he has been a composer, performer, sound maker and artist. Many of his works mix conventional and electroacoustic resources.
Risks and challenges
An awareness of the challenges that surround any new musical endeavour comes from encountering many of them in the past. This project is extremely lucky to be able to utilise the knowledge and working relationships Graham Treacher has built over a life time of composing, conducting and performing. The most recent resource for this process will be his successful musical project for the 2009 bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin, 'Darwins Dream' was premiered at Shrewsbury Music Hall and went on to be performed at the Royal Albert Hall. The biggest risk to this current work is funding, to pay the artists appropriately and not to be out of pocket by the end.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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