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Opus Anglicanum: The Great and Wide Sea

  • Haslemere Museum 78 High Street Haslemere, England, GU27 2LA United Kingdom (map)
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, illustrated by Gustave Dore

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, illustrated by Gustave Dore

Opus Anglicanum will perform their latest commission, a setting of Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner  by Lynne Plowman, narrated by Zeb Soanes.

It will be partnered with another original Opus commission also on a seafaring theme, Sally Beamish's haunting Sea Psalm - an account of the sinking of HMS Duchess in 1939 from its only surviving officer.

Lynne Plowman won the 2003 British Composers Award and has composed for Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company, and the London Mozart Players.  

Sally Beamish is a composer whose work is performed and broadcast internationally. She has composed for the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera, and BBC Proms.

 
Embodying the voice of the sole surviving officer of a World War II naval accident, Soanes brought tension and drama to his account of the dramatic splitting of a ship into two halves, with great loss of life. His timing of the narrative episodes in this complexly structured work was flawless.
— Claire Seymour, Seen and Heard International
Earlier Event: April 29
Opus Anglicanum: The Great and Wide Sea
Later Event: July 14
90 Years of the BBC Proms