The world premiere recording of Michael Nyman’s Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial will be officially released on CD on 3rd November 2014. The recording featuring the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Kathryn, who sang the names of the 96 supporters who tragically lost their lives, was commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial 2014 with a world premier performance on 5th July 2014 at Liverpool Cathedral.
“Nyman’s emotionally charged opening movement respectfully sets the names of the 96 victims to music. This powerful opening section, ‘The Singing of the Names’, is elegantly performed by the Liverpool born mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge. The names of the 96 are included within the booklet notes along with Michael’s own thoughts written especially for this album release.”
Joseph Vicent conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra who perform alongside the Liverpool Youth and Training Choirs.
Testimonies from the world premiere performance:
Jill Thompson “It was truly moving and incredibly powerful….thank you”
Bryan Shearer “An experience we will never forget”
Ray Wood “A fitting tribute to the 96…..full of reverence and hope”
James Hughes “a magnificent tribute – so very beautiful. The sections with the soloist and children’s choirs were particularly moving and I know that I was not the only one brought to tears by the whole experience.”
(Courtesy of Michael Nyman Records)