On November 4th the Stane Street Sinfonietta played my ‘Another Orpheus’ for string orchestra in Horsham where the poet Shelley was born. The concert is part of a series devoted to the 200th anniversary of Shelley’s death. The title comes his drama ‘Hellas’ which was written in 1821 to raise awareness of the Greek War of Independence (during which Byron famously perished). From it I took the line ‘Another Orpheus sings again and loves and weeps and dies’.
(Also thinking of Orpheus, my ‘Looking Back‘ for violin and piano is being recorded this year by Siân Philipps.)