The world premier and recording of two new works by Nicholas Korth, commissioned by the London Chamber Orchestra and The Guild of Horn Players, will take place during the orchestra’s 2021/22 season at St John’s Smith Square London.
The two works, Inscapes and Midnight Rain are both written for natural horn virtuoso Pip Eastop and internationally renowned tenor James Gilchrist. Inspired by the Britten Serenade for tenor horn and strings, Inscapes explores further the natural tuning of the horn. The title refers to Gerard Manley Hopkin’s concept of the uniqueness of each component of the natural world, and is both a celebration of it and an elegy to its defilement by humanity. Midnight Rain is a setting of Edward Thomas’ sometimes sombre poetry, in which specially tuned organ sounds and a string quartet accompany the voice and horn interludes.
There are plans for the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform and record Nicholas Korth’s Harmoniae Naturales VI Send My Roots Rain at BBC Maida Vale Studios with tenor Daniel Norman, soprano Anna Dennis and three overtone singers conducted by Martyn Brabbins. Due to the pandemic, the date for this is presently undecided.