PRESS RELEASE, 13 June 2012
Composer William Goodchild has written an anthem for Redland High School
to commemorate the School’s 130th Anniversary.
The work is entitled Ye of Day (pronounced ‘Eye of Day’) and is to be sung by Redland High’s Chamber Choir, conducted by the school’s Director of Music, Steven Daykin. For the anthem, William Goodchild has composed music to words by Chaucer from his The Legend of Good Women.
William Goodchild said, “It was a great honour to be invited by Redland High to compose an anthem for the school’s 130th anniversary celebrations. The first thing was to find a suitable text - something that had a strong link with the school, that could readily be set to music, and was perhaps a little out of the ordinary. Headmistress Caroline Bateson kindly pointed me towards Chaucer’s The Legend of Good Women from which is taken the school’s motto, ‘For fere of night, so hateth she derknesse!’. The text is inspirational - the words focus on the writer’s passion for the daisy (incidentally, the school emblem) or ‘days-eye’ which opens to light and closes to darkness: a strong and simple metaphor for learning. The words, sung in the original Middle English, I set to music written for young female voices in four parts accompanied by organ. The broad, resonant acoustic of Bristol Cathedral was always at the front of my mind whilst composing.”
Redland High School’s Chamber Choir comprises experienced singers between the ages of 13 and 18. The choir has had an extremely busy year including competing in the finals of a national choir competition at the London Barbican and performing at Colston Hall Bristol.
Steven Daykin, Director of Music, said, “ The girls have risen to the challenge of performing this piece and have spent hours rehearsing after school and in their breaks. It is an honour to give the premiere of a work by such an esteemed composer and the girls and I are very much looking forward to performing it in the grand acoustics of Bristol Cathedral”.
The performance of Ye of Day is at 2pm on Friday 29 June 2012 at Bristol Cathedral.
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