Frank Lyons’ ‘The River Still Sings’ performed in London and Derry

The Fidelio Trio will premiere a new work by Derry-based composer Frank Lyons at a concert as part of the City of London Festival.

Commissioned by the Festival with the Walled City Music Festival (part of the Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013) to celebrate the 400th anniversary of link between the two cities, Lyons’ new work is called The River Still Sings. The piece is a multimedia project that features text by Derry writer Seamus Deane (also specially commissioned), narration by actor James Nesbitt, sound design and visuals by Paul Moore and a score to be performed by the Fidelio Trio.

The theme of the piece is rivers and walls, exploring their ‘divisive yet healing potential’, a theme that is close to the heart of London and Derry/Londonderry, both of which are walled cities situated on rivers. This is not the first work to explore the importance of rivers to the composer’s native city: in a precursor work The River Sings, Lyons and Moore (with Greg O’Hanlon and Brian Bridges) created an interactive sound installation based around the River Foyle, using data derived from it, as well as sound to allow it to ‘sing its story’. The new work juxtaposes this historical context with images and technologies of the present, including a 3-D rendering and projection of the narrator in performance.

Also on the programme is Nigel Osborne’s The Piano Tuner Trio and Ravel’s Piano Trio. The concert takes place at LSO St Luke’s on 28 June, followed by its Irish premiere in Derry on 21 July.

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