Kerrin Tatman: Requiem For A Fading World
Requiem for a Fading World is a live music performance that tells a fantastical, post-apocalyptic tale for modern times.
Music by Kerrin Tatman
Lyrics by Rosie Bristow
Comic book artwork by Kris Stewart
Dramaturgy by Becky Musgrove
This new work by award-winning, Newcastle-based composer Kerrin Tatman is written for choir, solo singers and a chamber ensemble, and features English lyrics by Holy Moly & the Crackers songwriter Rosie Bristow. The secular, narrative piece blends contemporary classical, choral and folk influences and turns the traditional Requiem structure on its head.
Set in a landscape of perpetual winter, where all modern fuel resources have nearly run out, we follow two solo singers – a Mother and her Daughter – on their separate journeys to navigate this harsh terrain. The Daughter leads an army into a deadly battle to capture and harness the last remnants of fuel resource available to mankind. The Mother searches for greener pastures by working with the natural world. Who will succeed?
Requiem for a Fading World is also an experimental fusion of contemporary classical music and graphic novel illustration. Audiences attending this debut performance of the work will be able to follow the visuals of Kris Stewart’s comic book art live whilst listening to the music.
Conductor: Kerrin Tatman
Solo Soprano: Emily Gibson
Solo Alto: Jacqui Wicks
Piano: Alison Gill
Violin 1: Jo Montgomery
Violin 2: Ed Cross
Viola: Gayle Roberts
Cello: Ele Leckie
Double Bass: John Pope
Flute / Piccolo: Clare Crinson
Clarinet / Bass Clarinet: Sue Hurrell
Oboe / Cor Anglais: Philip Cull
Bassoon / Contrabassoon: Sharon Clatworthy
French Horn: Chris Senior
Trumpet: Alex Lewis
Percussion: Will Hammond and Rosie Bristow
and a 20-strong community choir of singers
“I remember the first snow, on the morning of her birth.
And silent eider down, covering the frozen Earth.
Rosey cheeks and open eyes, couldn’t recognise her curse.
Perpetual winter on Earth.” – Excerpt from Requiem Aeternam, lyrics by Rosie Bristow
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Dutch singer-songwriter Catch The Sparrow moved countries in the middle of a global pandemic to pursue her love for folk and traditional music in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Over the past two years she has built up a repertoire of delicate yet intricate songs that showcase a deep understanding of the traditional material she takes inspiration from.
On her latest EP ‘Winter Flowers’ (released December 2022), a personal exploration of the music and history of Newcastle and the North East, sparse arrangements for piano, harp and cello let her powerful vocals and original songwriting take centre stage.
Over the past year, Catch The Sparrow has been performing extensively throughout the North East. Highlights include opening for folk legend Martin Carthy and being a featured artist at Saltburn Folk Festival two years in a row.