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Gloucester Rooftop: The Early Show

  • Eastgate Centre Rooftop Car Park Eastgate Street Gloucester, GL1 1PA (map)

Vivaldi (arr. Whitley) La Follia^
Selected arias
Kate Whitley I Am I Say*

Sky Ingram soprano
Michael Sumuel bass-baritone
Liz Terry choir leader
Christopher Stark conductor
The Multi-Story Orchestra
^instrumentalists from Gloucestershire Academy of Music
*singers from Robinswood, Moat, Widden Primary and Tredworth Junior Schools

We join forces with singers from local schools for Kate Whitley's I Am I Say. With lyrics by poet Sabrina Mahfouz this work imagines a world that 'beats with beauty' and cautions against human abuse of nature around us.

"A tremendous work for primary schoolchildren and orchestra. Setting Sabrina Mahfouz’s ecologically minded text to catchy refrains for the young voices, it is darkened and deepened by complex but deftly organised instrumental textures that rise to an ecstatic climax". Richard Morrison, The Times

The evening opens with Vivaldi's famous theme & variations La Follia performed with instrumentalists from Gloucestershire Academy of Music and a series of arias performed by Multi-Story soloists.