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Sacred Arts Festival Music At St John’s Princes Street (Calum Robertson, clarinet and SallyCarr, soprano)

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2023

Composer Lori Laitman wrote on her website about her holocaust inspired pieces “…music both amplifies the emotions but also helps to cushion the effect of the horror”. ‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly’, poems by Jewish children who died in a concentration camp, were the lyrics for the first part of this concert. Wonderful compositions powerfully performed and so harrowing because true. ‘The Ocean Of Eternity – Four Stanzas On Mortality’ was the second half and a highlight was the peaceful, almost chant themed ‘Wild Flowers’. Soprano Sally Carr’s vocal control was notable and Calum Robertson and pianist Jess Rucinski were her equal partners, particularly Robertson’s intricate clarinet. Important contemporary music with a point to make, and lovely to listen to.

Just Festival at St John’s, run ended.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]