Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Award-winning composer creates Ken Barlow oratorio

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog July 2012, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Award-winning composer and singer-songwriter Matthew Strachan is to perform an evening of his songs, including numbers written in Nashville and from his stage musicals, at the St James Theatre Studio, London on Saturday 24 November. 

Why are we blogging this?  

Well, Matthew will also be debuting selections from a new oratorio based on the life of Coronation Street’s Ken Barlow.  An oratorio is a large-scale musical composition on a sacred or semisacred subject, for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra.  If anyone goes to hear this and would like to blog a review afterwards for us, do please let me know.

Strachan has composed music for film and TV, written songs for Nashville and for musical theatre. His best known music is the soundtrack to the international hit TV show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire for which he is being inducted into the ASCAP Hall of Fame this year. His third musical, About Bill, premiered in London in 2011 and he is currently working on music and lyrics for a further stage show. His latest album, 25 Year Songbook, was released in 2012 by Nono Records.

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