Monday, January 30, 2012 “June Boyce-Tillman's 'The Myth of the Titanic' 'uses a song from the Black community in the US to protest...racial subjugation.'”

[JUNE BOYCE-TILLMAN, Professor of Applied Music at King Alfred's College, Winchester read Music at St Hugh's College, Oxford. She pioneered work in introducing composing activities into the classroom and completed a PhD at the Institute of Education entitled Towards a model of the musical development of children. (]

Bob Shingleton of writes on his blog (Excerpt):
"With maritime tragedies in the news June Boyce-Tillman has a topical performance: her new work for choir and orchestra The Myth of the Titanic retells the story of the sinking of the Titanic as a myth about human hubris and arrogance - classical music cannot be more relevant than that. The Myth of the Titanic, which in an echo of Tippett's A Child of Our Time uses a song from the black community in the US to protest against colonialism and racial subjugation, is confirmation that engagement is alive and well if you look beyond the Mahler symphonies.  Isabelle Eberhardt, who campaigned against colonialism and was a frequent maritime traveller, had drawn me to Marseille and Missy Mazzoli's refreshingly engaged opera Song from the Uproar: the Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt premieres at TheKitchen, NYC on Feb. 24. Funds are being raised for a recording of the opera on Kickstarter, which was how Ochion Jewell funded the CD of his First Suite for Jazz Quintet - is a new anti-business model emerging for music recording? Alas no recording of June Boyce-Tillman's mystical musical celebration of Julian of Norwich, but read about it in Meetings with remarkable women."

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