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Jonathan Mills Sandakan Threnody

 30 August 2014 at  

Jonathan Mills Sandakan Threnody

Edinburgh International Festival

Ilan Volkov Conductor

Hibla Gerzmava Soprano
Claudia Huckle Contralto
Simon O’Neill Tenor
Andrew Staples Tenor
Jan Martiník Bass

Thomas Trotter Organ

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

The Festival's concert series at the Usher Hall concludes in epic style, with a blazing confrontation between darkness and light given by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov.

Edinburgh International Festival Director and composer Sir Jonathan Mills's oratorio Sandakan Threnody honours the 2,500 British and Australian prisoners of war who lost their lives in the death marches in North Borneo during the Second World War.

By contrast, Janáček's Glagolitic Mass is a joyous affirmation of life. A cast of renowned international singers, the full force of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and acclaimed organist Thomas Trotter bring the Festival to a spectacular, jubilant close.

Jonathan Mills : Sandakan Threnody
Leos Janacek : Glagolitic Mass

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