New Cantata

Tuesday 30th June 2015

The King in The Car Park

Leicester Cathedral

A cantata by Benjamin Vaughan and Philip Goss – The King In The Car Park –  was performed today by the massed choirs of schools from the city and the county.

The choirs were accompanied by an instrumental ensemble including a piano, double bass, clarinet, flute, the organ and a variety of medieval instruments from the time of the Plantagenets.

The hour-long cantata was in nine movements and employed a variety of musical styles such as jazz, musical theatre and folk. It told the story of the life and death of Richard III to his death at the Battle of Bosworth and his ‘home coming’ when his remains were reinterred in the Cathedral.

Despite the score posing many technical challenges, the children of the choirs delivered a magnificent performance.

The hottest day of the year, thus far, did not deter a large number of people from filing the cathedral. he work was performed again the follow day in Loughborough.

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