The critic, Pwyll ap Siôn writes in the Gramophone Magazine ‘A powerful, moving and fitting tribute … an extraordinary work, surely destined to become one of the great symphonies of the twenty-first century’.
For me, listening to the opening movement ‘The Singing of the Names’ whilst reading the printed names in the accompanying booklet is unbearably moving. The names of the 96 victims are listed alphabetically, surname next to surname name, bringing in to crystal clear focus again and again the grief felt by these families over decades of seeking justice.
In the booklet notes Michael Nyman writes “unspoken, unplayed, unsung, unannounced, beneath the surface of this symphony is the history of family pain and my anger with the corruption of the Thatcher government and her duplicitous police force which is currently being exposed during the second Inquest into the deaths of the 96 fans.”
AND NOW THEIR NAMES WILL FOREVER BE SUNG FOR AS LONG AS THIS SYMPHONY IS PERFORMED.