Not In Our Time’ - a centenary commission for the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus - was premiered at this year’s Cheltenham Festival on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, and explores the concept of religion as a pretext for war with 21st century texts juxtaposed with those of the First Crusade, 1000 years before. In this exclusive audio podcast for the Independent Richard Blackford talks to Edward Seckerson about his journey, his resistance of the musical radicalism of the Darmstadt school, and his quest for an inclusive musical language that both entertains and raises awareness
"Gavin Carr draws sumptuously rich playing from his Bournemouth players, with the full tutti thrillingly underpinned by Christopher Dowie’s organ-playing."
Malcolm Riley - Gramophone magazine - May 2012
"...It’s a glorious choral work following in the great tradition of British choral writing with a wide, descriptive dynamc range; terrifying declamations are relieved by though-provoking passages... Blackord demands much of his performers but such is the writing that the response is exhilarating."
Shirey Ratcliffe - Choir & Organ magazine - March/April 2012
Performance **** Recording *****
Terry Blain - BBC Music magazine - March 2012