Turning Points – Music & Politics

Turning Points (2015)
Fantasia upon a suffragist song by Sir Hubert Parry

For choirs, children’s choir, STB soloists, one or two pianos, electric guitars, brass band, organ & orchestra.

The words selected and the music composed by
David Owen Norris

Duration: forty minutes

Celebrating the values of Democracy, Turning Points is a piece for many occasions, of private rejoicing or of public solemnity, at any time, and (its eclectic libretto being drawn from French, German & American sources as well as British) in any country.

A performance took place on February 4th 2017 in Winchester Cathedral, with the Waynflete Singers, Southampton University Symphony Orchestra, and the musicians of the Hampshire County Youth Service.

Turning Points is featured in the University of Southampton’s online course on Agincourt.

You can see part of the video here.

Here’s an extract from the premiere performance of the Malala movement.

Turning Points was performed three times in the autumn of 2015, in St Mary’s Church Southampton, with the University Orchestra and Brass Band, in St Matthew’s Northampton with the students of the Northampton Music and Performing Arts Trust, and in St Paul’s Covent Garden with the Orchestra of St Paul’s, the New London Chamber Choir, and the Children’s Choir of St John the Divine, Kennington. The performances were supported financially by the Agincourt 600 Committee.

Here’s the last two minutes of the premiere performance, where three tunes come together – the Agincourt March, A Man’s a man for a’ that, and the Parry song on which the whole piece is founded.

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