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New review for Greg Tassell at Presteigne Festival - 2

"The first half was punctuated by Cecilia McDowall's choral work Some corner of a foreign field, which she'd originally written for Dulwich College (where McDowall is composer in residence) to mark the centenary of the First World War. The work uses a trio of texts that includes biblical texts associated with Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and soldier–poet Rupert Brooke, and takes its name from Brooke's First World War poem, 'The Soldier' ('If I should die think only this of me: / That there's some corner of a foreign field / That is for ever England'), which incredibly no other composer had ever set before. McDowall says she thinks of the tenor as the embodiment of Brooke, and the knowledge that Brooke did indeed die on active service makes the work especially poignant. Tenor Greg Tassell made a profoundly moving soldier – utterly secure in the piece's taxing high passages – and singing with an infallibly English sound that sent tears rolling."

Hereford Times, August 2017

Presteigne Festival


Posted on September 13th 2017

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