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World premiere is part of the programme as Elgar Festival gets set to start

Rob George 2nd Jun, 2022

A WORLD premiere will be performed in Worcester as part of this year’s Elgar Festival.

Huntingdon Hall will be the venue for a Lunchtime Song Recital on Friday (June 3) from 1pm which will include the world premiere of John Joubert’s final composition.

Entitled ‘The Right Human Face’, this will be the first time the 2018 composition will be performed.

John Joubert – who died in 2019 – was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1927; his compositional career stretched over 70 years.

His catalogue includes more than 180 opus numbers, ranging from operas, major orchestral works, concertos for oboe, bassoon, violin, cello and piano, chamber and instrumental music, through to short carols and anthems and a series of major choral-orchestral pieces that place him at the forefront of composers of the generation after Britten and Tippett.

Baritone Marcus Farnsworth and composer-pianist Eric McElroy will present the recital of English language song encompassing both new and familiar.

Kenneth Woods, artistic director of The Elgar Festival said : “Bringing such performances to the city is made even more special since the lifting of the pandemic’s restrictions, allowing people to once again enjoy live music and performances.”

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