The Burning Boy tells the story of the prophet Elisha and the raising of the boy from the dead after he has been struck down in the field by the heat of the sun. The source is biblical but Causley transposes it to the West Country at an unspecified time and blends it with the ritual of the harvest and the myths of the corn spirits.
The performance will bring together both amateur and professional musicians, as well as local Cornish school children. BSO Associate musicians in Cornwall, Patrick Bailey and Matt Harrison, are working with local schoolchildren to form a children’s chorus for the project. Paul Carey Jones the Welsh baritone who made his Royal Opera House debut last year takes the role of Elisha. For many of the children involved, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Talented music students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance are also included in the company working with the BSO training programme.
Stephen McNeff has worked exclusively as a composer for over 40 years and is one of the UK’s most successful composers of works bringing professional and amateur talent together..
Talking about the BSO commission, Stephen McNeff said, “I am delighted to be working on The Burning Boy in Charles Causley’s centenary year, Charles and I had a long and fruitful working relationship over many years and The Burning Boy was a libretto he wrote especially for me. I am also thrilled to be working once again with the BSO and Kokoro, and having my new work premiered fittingly in this centenary year on the Carn to Cove Cornwall rural touring network”.
10th Nov @ 7:30pm
Launceston Town Hall| tickets from £5 - call 01566 772321|www.carntocove.co.uk/events
11th Nov @ 7:30pm
St Ives Guildhall |tickets from £5 - call 01726 897500|www.carntocove.co.uk/events