Press Release – 17th March 2012 Concert: Blake Benedictus


Composer to attend concert

Composer Howard Blake will be at Medina Theatre next Saturday, March 17, to hear his work, The Benedictus, performed by the IW Symphony Orchestra and the IW Cantata Choir.

Blake is famous as a pianist, conductor and composer — but his music for the narrated piece The Snowman is his most well-known composition.

He has also composed numerous film scores and concert pieces, as well as liturgical works, such as The Benedictus.

He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and in 1994 received the OBE for services to music.

The Benedictus tells the story of a novice’s journey into monastic life. The piece is linked by themes played by a solo viola and is inspired by the teachings of St Benedict.

In this performance, the role of the novice will be taken by tenor Philip O’Brien, returning to the Island following his performance in the Verdi Requiem in October 2010.

The viola soloist is Rosalind Ventris, a graduate from Cambridge University and the Guildhall School of Music, who has been described by critics as a ‘remarkable talent’.

The part of the narrator will be taken by the head of Medina College, Nathan Thomas.

The choir and orchestra will be conducted by the orchestra’s music director Jonathan Butcher.

Both organisations say they are delighted Howard Blake will be in attendance at the performance.

The orchestra will also perform the overture The Hebrides by Mendelssohn and the Telemann Viola Concerto in G major, featuring soloist Rosalind Ventris.

By Richard Wright, IW County Press. Friday, March 9, 2012