THE WORLD PREMIÃˆRE of new work by â€œthe most performed living composer in the worldâ€, which is supported internationally and to be recorded and broadcast by Classic FM, will be held at Grayshottâ€™s local parish church next month.
The 40 minute choral work, â€˜The Healer â€“ A Cantata for St Lukeâ€™ was commissioned by local charity Grayshott Concerts from welsh composer Karl Jenkins, who is the groupâ€™s patron and, according to his website, the â€œmost performed living composer in the worldâ€.
St Lukeâ€™s Church, Grayshott will play host to the performers, including Grayshottâ€™s Excelsis Choir, on 16 October to celebrate 10 years since Grayshott Concertsâ€™ first event on St Lukeâ€™s day in 2004, which raised vital funds for the church.
The show has already attracted international interest, with tickets bought from Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia and Russia. The date for the U.S PremiÃ¨re has been announced as Martin Luther King Day, Monday 19th January 2015 and will be performed at The Carnegie Hall, New York.
Co-founder of Grayshott Concerts and parishioner Peter Harrison has been overwhelmed with the support and interest received for this event. He said: â€œWeâ€™ve only got a couple of hundred followers on Twitter but I get enquiries and follows from people Iâ€™ve never even heard of, itâ€™s amazing.
â€œGrayshott is very much a lively community and itâ€™s wonderful to be able to bring people from places like New York and Russia here to share our successes.
â€œIt is extremely unusual, if not unique, to stage a premiÃ¨re of this magnitude in a village church. This is a significant project and we are holding a second performance on the following day to cope with the worldwide interest which Karlâ€™s work has created.â€
Awards and charity work
Grayshott Concerts has become one of the most successful music groups in the region in just ten years.
In 2012, founders Vivien and Peter Harrison received a national award, the Lady Hilary Groves Prize, for their â€˜outstanding contribution to music in the communityâ€™ from the Making Music organisation which supports over 3,000 groups throughout the UK.
The charity often contributes to the local community and has helped raise more than Â£30,000 for local good causes. Last year, the group raised an additional Â£8,000 for the national charity â€˜Help for Heroesâ€™.
In 2007 they raised the funds needed to support a â€˜write your own operaâ€™ project with professional musicians to entertain pupils at Grayshott CofE Primary School, where their first opera was staged.
'Honoured to call him our patron'
Throughout the organisation of the world premiÃ¨re event, Grayshott Concerts has received vital support from the Grayshott community, St Lukeâ€™s Church family, local supporters and helpers, and the eventâ€™s sponsors: Huntington House, XL-erate Ltd and Applegarth Farm, as well as their patron, Karl.
Peter added: â€œWe chose Karl Jenkins because his work is so popular. He writes choral work which choral societies just love to perform.
â€œHis music is known all over the world and we are honoured to be able to call him our patron.â€
Very few tickets remain available for the 10 year anniversary world premiÃ¨re, so if you are interested, book now. More information from www.grayshottconcerts.co.uk and 01428 606666.
You might also like to follow Grayshott Concerts on Twitter, or have a look at Karl Jenkins's website.