THE BELLS op.424 (February 1992)

A cantata for children's chorus and orchestra
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: The Brighton Philharmonic Society
Instrumentation: 2(II=picc).2.2.2 - 4220 - perc(2): tam-t/t.bells/sleigh bells/tgl/tamb/xyl/cyms/susp.cym/iron bar - pno(=cel) - harp - strings
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Note on Lyrics: Poem by Edgar Allan Poe
Duration: 12 mins
First Performance: The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra with a massed chorus of Brighton children conducted by the composer at The Dome in an all-Howard Blake concert programme 29th February 1992.
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The Bells, for children's chorus and orchestra
Recorded: 9th May 2009
Artists: Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, Hampshire Choirs, Tom Seligman (conductor)



9th May 2009 Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and massed children's choirs, conducted by Tom Seligman, The Anvil, Basingstoke 7.00pm
29th February 1992 Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra / children of East Sussex Schools / Howard Blake, The Dome, Brighton


... a setting of a poem by Edgar Allan Poe caught the atmosphere of this chilling piece with an effective response to the rhythm of the lines ... as well as a high dramatic peak the cantata has a most effective dying fall.

Mark Gale, Mid-Sussex Times, 6/3/1992

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