Legend of the Sky - LSMS' 70th Anniversary Commission
Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:34
To celebrate our 70th Anniversary, we commissioned an exciting and ambitious large-scale project, working collaboratively with the Philharmonia Orchestra - our partner for over 20 years. This gives us a unique opportunity to create a legacy for future musicians to enjoy and to give students the chance to show their creative skills by composing and performing their own piece of celebratory music working alongside professional musicians. It also celebrates the rich, cultural diversity of the work both organisations deliver.
Legend of the Sky - the resulting composition by Fraser Trainer with a libretto from Hazel Gould, included a large orchestral ensemble with steel pans and Indian classical musicians, a massed primary school choir and the LSMS show choir who, alongside members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, performed an epic oratorio reimagining the ancient Leicestershire folk legend, The Griffin of Griffydam. The music narrated the tale of a griffin, a fabulous creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion who terrorised the villagers of Griffydam...
We were very proud to present the world premiere of Legend of the Sky at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, on Saturday 3rd February 2018. This will be followed by the national premiere at the Music for Youth Schools Prom in November 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
See a short film about the project and De Montfort Hall performance below.