The sinking of the Titanic to an accompaniment of classical music is very well documented indeed, with the band playing on until the end and one lonely violinist playing Nearer, My God, To Thee – the last thing hundreds of people would hear before falling into the freezing sea.
In keeping with our theme of anniversaries for the Two Moors Festival this year, we felt we really couldn’t ignore the fact that it was 100 years ago that the unsinkable ship did just that, so have compiled a truly moving recital chronicling the tale of the Titanic, from the jubilant setting sail to the moment the ship foundered.
Devised by soprano Caroline Macphie and pianist Anna Tilbrook, the programme includes Haydn’s The Mermaid Song, Head’s The Ships of Arcady, Britten’s Seascape, Bizet’s Douce mer, Strauss’s Mein Herz ist Stumm and Handel’s Farewell, ye limpid springs.
Festival artistic director Penny Adie said: “It would have been quite impossible to do a festival focusing on anniversaries without including one of the most poignant in history. No one, the world over, will ever be allowed to forget what happened in April 1912. The songs within the programme reflect the events of that fateful evening – excitement, expectation, disbelief, horror, fate, acceptance, death, immortality and prayer.”
In a year where it was revealed that a startling number of young people thought that the Titanic was just a film starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, we’re pleased to be doing our bit to increase awareness of this important part of world history in any way we can.
In memory of the Titanic, All Saints’ Church, Okehampton
October 16th, 13:30
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