Codebreaker for Hertfordshire Chorus

Alan Turing

Alan Turing - Credit: Archant

A new work celebrating the life and work of Alan Turning, the Bletchley codebreaker and father of modern day computer science, is being premiered by the Hertfordshire Chorus next Saturday, April 26.

Codebreaker was commissioned by the Chorus and composed by James McCarthy, who won critical acclaim for his composition 17 Days about the Chilean mining disaster,

It tells the story of Alan Turing, whose life was cut tragically short, through text from well known poets including Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Wilfred Owen and Sara Teasdale.

Soprano soloist Naomi Harvey provides the voice of Turing’s mother and the London orchestra da Camera is conducted by David Temple.

The concert programme follows the ‘pioneering’ theme with Vaughan Williams’s Toward the Unknown Region, Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave and Beethoven’s Meeres Stille und Gluckliche Fahrt (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage).


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The concert is at 7.30pm at the Barbican in London. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.hertfordshirechorus.org.uk

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