SCO Chorus presents a specially staged performance of Parry’s Songs of Farewell, devised by SCO Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer, winner of the 2015 Arts Foundation Fellowship and Herald Angel-winning director Jack Furness.
The performance will interweave Hubert Parry’s masterful song-cycle for choir with texts by Shakespeare, Graham Greene, Thomas Browne, and Virgina Woolf, among others. With an original script by Jack Furness, two Scottish actors and a 40-strong chorus, this unique and poignant interpretation of Parry’s work will offer a meditative examination of attitudes towards death and loss shot through with a dialogue between medical and religious understandings of life's final moments.
A new departure for the SCO Chorus, this concert will invigorate Parry’s fine choral writing with a fresh approach to the concert experience.
Gregory Batsleer has held the position of Chorus Director with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2009, winning widespread critical acclaim for his work.
Over the last seven seasons Batsleer has led the development of the Chorus, overseeing the growth of associate membership, vocal coaching and the SCO Chorus Scholarship programme and the emergence of annual SCO Chorus Christmas Concerts.
Herald Angel Award winner Jack Furness studied music at Cambridge University, where he received a double first-class honours degree. Whilst at Cambridge, Furness founded the ambitious and innovative Shadwell Opera, of which he is Artistic Director.