'A joy to hear'
The works of Michael Stimpson have been performed, commissioned, and recorded by some of the UK’s most distinguished artists including the English Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Allegri and Maggini String Quartets, Bristol Bach Choir, Roderick Williams, Paul Agnew, David Campbell, Philippe Graffin, and Sioned Williams. A number of the UK’s finest venues have featured performances of his work including the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, and Cadogan Hall, as well as a variety of UK festivals. International recognition has prompted performances in Australia, Europe, Iran and the USA.
The Stars Have Withdrawn Their Shining
'The title, The Stars Have Withdrawn Their Shining, is a modified quote from a late work of the 19th century artist, critic, philosopher, and reformer, John Ruskin. It was written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death. The piece itself follows the form of a sonatina, three movements in all, but in reality it is more a personal reflection of Ruskin’s life than a musical structure'
(Michael Stimpson, from the introduction to the piece)
The score is published by Creighton's Collection and is available here.
Read more about the piece here.
A cappella choir, soli, spoken word. Based on the writings of William Blake.
2006. 1hr 30 mins (approx). Premiered by The Exmoor Singers of London, 28th July 2007, The Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, London