The Visitors - A Children's Oratorio (Coming Soon)
Originally composed for a performance in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, The Visitors is a large-scale oratorio for children's choir, a narrator, a child-solo, mezzo soprano, tenor and baritone soloists and full symphonic orchestra. It can alternatively be performed with a small 'pop' ensemble as an alternative to the orchestra and the work lasts for approximately 75 minutes.
'A beautifully moving piece that addresses the fact that humans will always return to war as a way to sort their differences, or is there another way?'
Since 1945 there has never been a single moment when part of the world has not been involved in some sort of conflict.
This Oratorio is written to comment on the fact that no matter what the Human Race goes through it still returns, for whatever reason, to War. As we all know, the majority of casualties of conflicts are the innocent parties – mainly women and children.
Many people these days seem to be searching or waiting for some external agency to come along and solve all the problems. Perhaps that will happen, perhaps it won’t. Perhaps children and young people need to find a way to learn that History doesn’t necessary need to repeat itself over and over again. Perhaps The Visitors will never come. Perhaps they’re already here.
Chorus A – these are also The Reds in ACT II
Chorus B – also The Blues in ACT II
Three main soloists (Everyman):
A Child (Boy or girl with a Teddy Bear)
A Parent (Mezzo-soprano)
A Grandparent (Baritone)
Solo Voices from the Chorus to sing the News in ACT I (up to 5 singers)
The Visitors – a separate choir above the other singers (Possibly a quartet - males & females)
The Emperor - A Tenor
Narrator – a non-singing part