Last night at the Classical Brits awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, London, Sibelius user Howard Goodall won the award for Composer of the Year 2009 for his “requiem for the living,” Eternal Light.
Commissioned by Mark Stephenson on behalf of London Musici to celebrate the orchestra’s 20th anniversary, Eternal Light: A Requiem is a stand-alone choral work that will have its London premiere in November 2008 in an exciting collaborative version for choir, soloists, orchestra and dance. The dance, Eternal Light, commissioned by Sadler’s Wells Theatre, will be performed by Rambert Dance Company, its associate orchestra London Musici and Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford. Rambert Dance Company and its artistic director, Mark Baldwin, worked closely with Howard Goodall from the conception of the project to find ways in which the themes of the Requiem might be explored further in dance.
Readers in the UK can watch the Classical Brits awards ceremony on ITV1 at 10.35pm on Tuesday 19 May.