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John Feeney Trust

Lottery funded

Commission for World War One commemoration

2014 marked the centenary of the outbreak of the 1914-18 War. To commemorate this event the Birmingham Bach Choir commissioned the poet Euan Tait and its own conductor/composer, Paul Spicer, to write a major choral and orchestral work for performance on 13 September 2014 in Symphony Hall (soloists soprano Johane Ansell and baritone William Dazeley and the Orchestra of the Swan). The work is called Unfinished Remembering and is a choral symphony in four movements.

Paul Spicer has already produced two successful large-scale choral/orchestral works, the two-hour Easter Oratorio (2000) and the hour-long Advent Oratorio (2009). Unfinished Remembering, however, is completely different in form to these earlier works and has four through-composed movements.
The project emanated from the poet Euan Tait and it is his words which must initially describe the work's genesis.

Read about Euan Tait's idea for the work here.

In commemorating the Great War, the work also commemorates all wars and, perhaps especially those with which we have been recently involved in Iraq and Afghanistan. The work is dedicated to The Heroes in Each Generation.

A generous Grant of £24,500 from the John Feeney Charitable Trust secured the commission and thereafter a considerable amount was raised over 4 years to be able to perform and record Unfinished Remembering. Many thanks go to all who contributed, especially the Arts Council, The Bryant Trust, The Grimmitt Trust, the Owen Family Trust, The Saintbury Trust, The Weldon Foundation and members of the choir.

This live recording has kindly been made available courtesy of the performers to order online. There is no charge for the CD, but a fee of £5.00 per CD will be made to cover postage & packaging etc. To order your copy, please use the special PayPal link below.

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Euan Tait

See also:
New Military Choir

Unfinished Remembering enthusiastically embraced as a very fitting commemoration of WW1’s centenary. Read the Audience & Performer Survey here.

Birmingham Post
Musicweb International
Church Times (pdf)

'In the deep of our beings God has set a pavilion for hope'

from Unfinished Remembering by Euan Tait

Euan Tait
Photo © George Hall