A new orchestral work, Shumei, Shumei by Geoffrey Poole receives its world premiere on 26 November 2011, with the New Bristol Sinfonia conducted by James Lowe.
Poole has written that, “The words ‘Shumei, Shumei . . .’ are the haunting refrain of a traditional song. When I heard it in 2002, the performer looked to be in his nineties, the venue was the annual Oban festival on the beach of a remote Japanese volcanic island called Hachijo-jima. His cracked, faultering, yet unforgettably musical voice carried the story of the islanders, their banishment, their customs, their pleasures, and the cruelty of fate and the elements, and long expressive lines were answered by our communal Shumei, Shumei, a rise and a fall, like the ocean.”
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