Scunthorpe and District Choral Society will be joined by Lincoln Choral Society to perform a concert  including  ‘There Was a Child’, by leading contemporary composer Jonathan Dove.

The performance will be at Scunthorpe Baths Hall on Saturday 26th November 2022.

Commissioned to write a piece of music in memory of a teenager who drowned while snorkelling in Thailand, Jonathan Dove has turned a negative into a positive: THERE WAS A CHILD is a joyous, vibrant and passionate celebration of childhood.

The 50 minute oratorio uses a sequence of poems—by Keats, Wordsworth, Walt Whitman and trace a young life from childhood to early manhood. The idiom may be unashamedly traditional—Britten, Vaughan Williams and Tippett come to mind, but Dove handles his brief with belief and inspiration.

Although there are solo parts for soprano and tenor[both emotional and soul-baring], the lion’s share fall to the choruses, including children from Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir and William Farr School.

Easy on the ear as well as uplifting, these two notable Lincolnshire choral societies are proud to present this work in such a magnificent auditorium.

Also featuring in the programme will be a selection of Dove’s Friday Afternoon pieces, Finz’s Dies Natalis and the world premiere of a new work by award winning Scunthorpe-educated composer Charlotte Harding. This will be entitled Trent and will explore the river and its influence on the people around it.

Performing alongside the two choral societies and children’s choir will be the Lindsey Chamber Orchestra, supplemented by additional string players, as well as brass and woodwind from around the country. Adrian Partington will conduct the Dove, and Steve Fareham the Finzi.

Interestingly, there is a link to Lincolnshire. One of the contributing poets, John Magee, was stationed at Digby and Wellingore in WW2 which flew Spitfires. He took part in many sorties. On 11th December 1941 during a training practice there was a collision and Magee was instantly killed near Ruskington. He was buried in the nearby Scopwick. His poem is called ‘High Flight’.

We are grateful to the Arts Council England for their generous funding.