McNeff's Eden Rock And The Burning Boy
, a BBC commission which sets poetry by Cornish poet Charles Causley, premiered at Wigmore Hall in 2016 with Padmore and Szymanski and has since been performed at this year's St Endellion Festival. The duo continue to champion the work with a further performance on 20 October at St George’s Bristol.
Also featuring a libretto by Causley, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have commissioned a new opera oratorio from McNeff written specifically for community involvement alongside professional performers. The Burning Boy
's text was written by Causley some years before his death, but 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
In August, a new version of McNeff’s The Tales of Peter Rabbit & Jemima Puddle-Duck
, for narrator and small ensemble, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Award winning soprano and actress Michelle Todd and the Children's Classic Concerts Festival Ensemble performed the enchanting musical settings, with concerts running 5 – 26 August.