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Shadows without Sun

for chamber orchestra, mezzo-soprano and narrator

Year:  2003

Year:  2003

Composer:   Lyell Cresswell


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Shadows Without Sun explores issues of exile, identity and belonging. The text uses testimony of asylum seekers in UK as well as stories of Norman McLeod, a minister who escaped the Highland Clearances and the story of the prophet Cassandra.

Notes taken from Cresswell: The Voice Inside, NAXOS 8.570824

Commissioned note

Supported by a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award and The Stevenson Trust and written for Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Text note

Text by Ron Butlin and from Euripides' "The Women of Troy"

Performance history

12 Dec 2003: Premiered at the Academy Concert Hall, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Garry Walker, conductor, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo and Ian McDiarmid, narrator.

Performed by Madeleine Pierard (mezzo-soprano), and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor James Judd, recorded at the Wellington Town Hall in Wellington on 16th and 17th in August, 2007

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