Daniel Kidane's new work 'Be Still' premiered by Manchester Camerata on BBC Radio 3

19 January 2021

On the 19th January, Daniel Kidane's latest work Be Still received its world premiere with the Manchester Camerata at Stoller Hall, broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The new commission for strings and crotales was conducted by Pekka Kuusisto, and was heard as part of a programme entitled All Time is Eternally Present. Daniel's new work "creates a sense of inner stillness and calm - something that is much needed right now", and the composer himself writes:

“Written towards the end of 2020, Be Still is a reflective piece on the year gone by. In a year where lockdowns became a thing, the idea of time became more apparent to me as everyday markers, such as meeting with friends and family, travelling or attending concerts vanished.
Whilst writing Be Still, the opening lines of TS Eliot’s Burnt Norton, the first of his Four Quartets, came to mind:
Time present and time past/ Are both perhaps present in time future / And time future contained in time past./ If all time is eternally present / All time is unredeemable
And as I look back at the year and attempt to fix in my mind events, they slither away from my grasp – like clouds passing by in the sky.”

You can listen to the broadcast in full on the BBC Radio 3 website here.

Previous works by Daniel Kidane that have received their world premieres in lockdown have included The Song Thrush and the Mountain Ash for Huddersfield Choral Society's project 'We'll Sing', in which he set text by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage to music in a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a musical 'Postcard from Home' for guitarist Sean Shibe as part of the BBC Radio Scotland's Classics Unwrapped series, and Dappled Light for violinists Maxine Kwok and Julian Gil Rodriguez premiered to a socially distanced audience and online for the London Symphony Orchestra's Summer Shorts series.

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