LET MUSIC LIVE! op.426 (July 1991)

A short concert piece commissioned for chorus and enormous orchestra, (first version)
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: Music For Youth
Instrumentation: 3333 4331 timp 2pc organ harp strings (but all the parts enormously multiplied for this performance (80 cellos, 71 trumpets etc)
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Note on Lyrics: Text by Howard Blake
Duration: 2:30
First Performance: National Festival of Music for Youth, with an orchestra of 2,000 players, and 500 chorus. Conducted by Simon Rattle, Howard Blake (organ) Royal Festival Hall, 6th July,1991.
Sheet Music Available
Full score for hire
Orchestral parts for hire


This piece was extended and enlarged for a second performance in 1996.


They gave an enormous ovation after the first performance that brought the house down...the piece had two encores, with much deafening applause; former ISM President Sir Charles Groves said it was 'the most important event that has happened since youth music started'

ISM Journal, 9/1991

Related Works

'Let Music Live! (2)' op.491 (September 1996)
A short concert piece for chorus and even more enormous orchestra

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