McNeff And The Burning Boy

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have announced that they are commissioning a new opera oratorio from Stephen McNeff.
Written specifically for community involvement alongside professional performers, The Burning Boy, will feature a libretto written by Cornish poet Charles Causley some years before his death, but which remains unperformed.

This project continues a long-standing and successful relationship between McNeff and the BSO, which has seen over twenty commissions and premieres for both the Orchestra and Kokoro, the BSO’s new music ensemble, including the grand-scale opera oratorio The Chalk Legend commissioned for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad for the London Olympic Games which involved over 2,300 performers.

Visit the BSO website for the full announcement

McNeff has used Causley’s texts before, most recently for the BBC Radio 3 commission Eden Rock, which premiered at Wigmore Hall in 2016. Mark Padmore and Morgan Szymanski perform the work twice more over the next few months, firstly at the St Endellion Festival on 28 July and again at St George’s Bristol on 20 October.

In August, a new version of McNeff’s The Tales of Peter Rabbit & Jemima Puddle-Duck, for narrator and small ensemble, premieres at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Award winning soprano and actress Michelle Todd and the Children's Classic Concerts Festival Ensemble perform the enchanting musical settings, with concerts running 5 – 26 August.

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