River Songs (2010)

For Children’s Chorus, Clarinet, Horn and Percussion   15 minutes

1. Imagine Singing
2. River Traffic (Vikings)
3. Billingsgate Market
4. Rogue Riderhood
5. Mad Boat Race
6. Traitors’ Gate
7. Monument
8. Tower Bridge

Commissioned by the Mayor’s Thames Festival, River Songs was composed to be sung by 1000 children from London schools as part of the SingUp project, and was premiered by these massed forces alongside the Thames by Tower Bridge. The work sets words by Alasdair Middleton, telling stories of life by the river.

 

Text by Alasdair Middleton

Commissioned by the Mayor’s Thames Festival

First performance: 11th September 2010, The Scoop at More London by City Hall.