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Truro High School singers hit the high notes with world-renowned composer Dobrinka Tabakova

Opportunities to perform for a world-renowned composer are rare so a masterclass with the BBC Concert Orchestra's composer in residence Dobrinka Tabakova was music to the ears of Truro High School’s singers last week.

The School’s young songstresses are delighted to have been invited to get involved with Dobrinka’s latest orchestral project which is part of her long-term residency with Truro Cathedral.

Truro Cathedral in concert

The project aims to create powerful new music which the Cathedral choir will have the honour of premiering to the international music community.

Dobrinka is currently in the process of writing a new fifteen-minute work which will debut at a special concert on Friday 11 May with the BBC Concert Orchestra and pupils from local schools, including Truro High School. The concert will take place at 7.30pm in Truro Cathedral and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

World-renowned composer Dobrinka Tabakova hosts masterclass for Truro High School singers

Dobrinka has been described as a composer of ‘exciting, deeply moving’ music (Washington Times), with ‘glowing tonal harmonies and grand, sweeping gestures [which] convey a huge emotional depth’ (The Strad). She has been commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, BBC Radio 3 and Britten Sinfonia. Her debut profile album, String Paths, on ECM Records, was nominated for a Grammy in 2014.This partnership is breaking new ground for the Cathedral and is the first time that a female composer has been commissioned to create pieces for its choir in the institution’s 108-year history.

Her music has featured in films and dance projects as well as international music festivals. Recent projects include Immortal Shakespeare, a cantata for the Shakespeare 400 anniversary in 2016; The High Line for orchestra, inspired by New York’s park in the sky; and the UK New Music Biennial film collaboration PULSE.

Last week’s composition masterclass offered Truro High’s singers a fascinating introduction to Dobrinka’s creative process as well as the chance to get a sneak peek of work on the new piece so far. The girls were also joined by the Cathedral’s choir who treated them to a little taster of the kind of repertoire they can expect to be performing as part of this prestigious concert.

Truro High School Carols at Truro Cathedral 2017

The girls are very much looking forward to joining the Cathedral choir again this spring as preparations for the concert begin in earnest. Do join them on Friday 11 May at 7.30pm or listen in on BBC Radio 3 or iPlayer to experience this exciting classical music world premiere for yourselves.  

Published by: Grace Kennard

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