Harborough choir will continue links with leading composer

Pictured above are choir members Rosie Dooley and Richard Billington with the original manuscript copy of Edward Gregsons In the Beginning'
Pictured above are choir members Rosie Dooley and Richard Billington with the original manuscript copy of Edward Gregsons In the Beginning'

A Harborough choir has been granted special permission to upload music by a leading British Composer to YouTube.

The music, a cantata for mixed voice and piano entitled ‘In the Beginning’, is by composer Edward Gregson.

Commissioned in 1981 by the Harborough Singers with funding from East Midlands Arts, it was premiered by the choir at the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank the following year. Gregson, composer in residence at Black Dyke Band, enjoys international recognition as a composer of music for brass instruments. ‘In the Beginning’ is one his rare choral works.

Gill Guest, from the Harborough Singers, said: “Published by Novello and available worldwide, the front page of the score has ‘written for the Harborough Singers’ emblazoned across it, so it seemed appropriate that the first performance of it uploaded to the internet should be that of a Harborough choir.

“I was so thrilled when Edward agreed I posted the fact on Facebook and Twitter. Within minutes I’d learned of a spooky co-incidence – that Kettering’s Ladies choir ‘Belcanto’ are due to perform a women’s only version of the very same piece on April 23 at the Salvation Army Hall in Kettering, in a joint concert with GUS band.

“Even better, the Kettering concert is a Gregson tribute, celebrating his 70th birthday, and he’s going to be there! I’ll be able to meet him and say thank you.”