The World Was Once All Miracle

Raymond Yiu and BBC Philharmonic

Tue 4 July, 2017

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To mark 100 years since the birth of Harpurhey’s most famous son, MIF presented a special concert celebrating his words and music. Anthony Burgess may be best known as the writer of A Clockwork Orange, but he was also a prolific composer, writing more than 250 works in a multitude of styles.

For MIF17, acclaimed composer Raymond Yiu set text from six Burgess poems into The World Was Once All Miracle, a major symphonic song cycle given its world premiere by brilliant baritone Roderick Williams and the BBC Philharmonic. The concert also featured the first European performance of Burgess’s own Symphony in C, along with a work by a composer whose music has influenced Yiu, Burgess and every other symphonist of the last two centuries: Beethoven’s Symphony No.8.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and the BBC Philharmonic.


Image credit: Donald Christie

Sung with his usual beauty of tone and immaculate attention to detail by baritone Roderick Williams

The Guardian

It has some juicy orchestration and, conducting, Michael Francis brought glitter and bombast to its swelling climaxes and whimsical interludes... There’s wonderful ingenuity to Yiu’s writing

 The Times

Song cycle by Raymond Yiu

Performed by BBC Philharmonic

Michael Francis Conductor

Roderick Williams Baritone

Robin Tritschler Tenor

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