The Visitors Concert - June 25th 2020
Welcome to the resource page for the performance of The Visitors at the Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on June 25th 2020
On this page you will find the necessary downloads:
- Performance Information letter - (coming soon) (PDF)
- Libretto (PDF)
- Libretto (Word Doc)
- Piano & Vocal Score (PDF)
Also, below you will find the video scores of each of the songs from the Oratorio. Click on the appropriate video and project this onto your whiteboard in school. The videos contain the instructions for when to sing full-choir or Chorus A and Chorus B as per your performance information letter. NB. In the coming weeks, more video scores will be added.
There are also recording of the songs as MP3s for you to listen to and download if needed. There are recordings of the original performance from 2005 for you to watch and listen to. The 2020 recordings will appear here soon.Themes
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
Morning/The Dream of Three Generations from The Visitors