orchestra, organ and SATB choir with SATB soloists
Text: Created by David Pountney and drawn from from original sources. It juxtaposes factual elements from the day; the horses names, the riders, their numbers, their colours, with Emily Davison’s state of mind.
Themes: women’s suffrage, feminism, secular, political
Musical Content: dramatic cantata
Suitable for: Professional or able amateur choirs and orchestra
Pearl of Freedom was commissioned by Rupert Gough and the Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act. It is a choral cantata in eight episodes for choir and orchestra with a libretto by David Pountney that tells the story of the Derby of 1913 where Emily Davison ran out in front of the king’s horse. The World Premiere took place with London Mozart Players on the 31st January 2018 at St. John’s Smith’s Square London, directed by Rupert Gough.
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