Steamsong was co-commissioned by the Science Museum Group and Durham County Council as part of Mallard 75; a year-long events programme celebrating the 75th anniversary of Mallard setting the world speed record for a steam locomotive in 1938 – a record that still stands to this day.
Described by its creator, John Kefala Kerr, as a multi-media opera, Steamsong consists of multiple interwoven elements: A live score performed by a 10-piece ensemble orchestra; a libretto performed by acclaimed chamber choir Voices of Hope, plus; film sequences, each with a soundtrack that supplements and blends together with the live performers.
The first performance of Steamsong took place at Locomotion: National Railway Museum in the presence of the four surviving A4 Pacific locomotives, including Mallard, on 22 February 2014. This performance consisted of the first four chapters, presented here; later expanded to 12 chapters when the opera was premiered in full at the Gala Theatre as part of Durham Brass Festival 2014
16 July 2020
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