BATTLE CANTATA

composed by Stuart Nettleship

King Harold (Godwinson) 1022-1066

composed by Stuart Nettleship

poem by by Laurence Binyon

          BATTLE CANTATA

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Part 1: The Summons North          Part 2:: The Rider                Part 3: The Battle       Part 4:: The Summons South            Part 5: Epilogue

Battle Cantata was specially composed to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066 in which King Harold of England defeated the Norwegian invaders.  The music is a setting of Laurence Binyon's poem "The Battle of Stamford Bridge".  The setting is for SATB soloists, SATB choir and orchestra.  It was performed by a union of five choirs: Stamford Bridge Singers, Pocklington Singers, Chanticleer Singers, Soon Amore and (from Norway) the Villvin-Hamar Socialistiske Kor.  The soloists were Katie Woods (soprano), Charlotte Phillips (Contralto), Jason Darnell (Tenor) and Christopher Thornton-Holmes (Bass).  The orchestra was the newly formed East Riding Sinfonia (Leader: Eileen Spencer).  The performance took place on 16th October 2016 in All Saints' Church Pocklington