At 7 pm on 9th September 2013, the Maltings Theatre, Berwick-upon-Tweed, presents a new work entitled Flyting which draws on the traditions and forms of opera, contemporary, classical and traditional music. It has been composed by its CEO & Artistic Director, Matthew Rooke.
World premiered at the Perth Concert Hall in September 2011, Flyting is an epic, kaleidoscopic musical exploration of 500 years of Scottish and African History. It is an exciting, accessible mixture of classical, contemporary, African and traditional folk music that takes its name from an exuberant form of renaissance Scottish poetry, the “rap” of its day.
Flyting starts at the court of James IV, the Scottish King who's army fought at Flodden. Fascinated by Africans and their culture, James IV's accounts detail the money, gifts and attention lavished upon the "blak maidens" of his court. In addition to a troupe of African musicians and dancers, the king had his own African drummer as he toured the distant parts of his kingdom and the stars of his international courtly entertainments were two African noblewomen. Intriguingly, some scholars believe this is the real origin of England's Morris Dancing tradition!
Flyting asks the question "wha's like us?" and perhaps finds some unexpected answers.
This evocative work which showcases the talents of the acclaimed whistle-player and piper, Fraser Fifield; award-winning singer and harpist, Corinna Hewat; international opera stars, Donald Maxwell and Gweneth-Ann Jeffers; percussion wizard, Olly Cox; and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.
To see a video of Matthew Rooke talking about his new work, click here.
The second-half of the evening will explore the Northumbrian side of the border with a fabulous work for Northumbrian pipes, strings and saxophone in a new edition of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Kettletoft Inn, featuring Berwick's very own Northumbrian Pipes wonder, Alice Burns. To be followed by a new celebratory closing piece that will draw together the wealth Northumbrian and Scottish talent accompanied by the orchestra.
The performance will be in the Main House Theatre and tickets are priced at: Adults £10, Concs £8, Child £5.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.maltingsberwick.co.uk or through the Box Office 01289 330999 (option 2).
|Flyting takes place at...|
|The Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Berwick-upon-Tweed (Entertainment)|