'Concerto Magnificent: An Anthology of All Things' is a choral project by Bedford-based composer Johnny Parry, commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts. Its aim is to create a piece of music that engages with a wide spectrum of human experience, drawing upon Bedfordshire and its community for inspiration. The concerto will be performed at Bedford Corn Exchange by a specially-formed orchestra and choir on September 27 (tickets here).
The finished work will have eight movements, each movement with its own theme. The lyrics are to be made up of numerous phrases relating to these themes – ranging from romantic statements, old memories and significant journeys, to childhood heroes and epitaphs. Phrases concerning these subjects and more will be collected via interactions with community groups, as well as through the public's contributions to this website.
This is where you come in. Please take a minute to look at the themes covered by the different movements, listed below. Some cry out for input from people just like you! You can use the feedback system to add phrases, thoughts, and statements that you think should be included in work. Thank you for taking part in what promises to be a unique, and uniquely ambitious, piece of music...
Here we are looking for something romantic, loving, sensual, etc. that was actually expressed either by or to you. Examples could include: pet names, words taken from wedding vows, a phrase written in a card or letter, chat-up lines that may or may not have worked, and so on. If you can, please try to keep your contribution to as concise as possible… [Read More]
Here we ask you to indulge something that by no means always comes naturally: identifying something about yourself that you admire. Try to be honest, and resist the need to be modest! The feature could be something utterly fundamental or relatively superficial – ranging from ‘I’m a dedicated mother’ to ‘I am good with cars’. If possible, try to keep it to under fifteen words… [Read More]
This movement will consist of lines taken from the work of local musicians and poets which specifically mention people's names… [Read More]
This one requires a few simple facts drawn from an important journey you have taken. We ask that you express a memorable journey using the following basic formula:
From ____ to ____ by ____
For example: from Paris to Home by train, etc. [Read More]
This movement will consist of phrases, dedications, found on the many park benches that sit alongside the River Great Ouse, which runs through the centre of Bedford… [Read More]
This movement focuses on toddlers, and who they consider to be their heroes – be those heroes real, fictional, or (in inimitable toddler fashion) somewhere in between. While the lyrics collected here will mainly come from workshops, if you have access to a toddler, why not ask them who their hero is and see what comes out? Keep it short if possible, but please don’t alter their idiosyncratic language!… [Read More]
The text for this movement will consist of individual people's memories of the year 1942. These memories of seventy years ago need to be expressed simply and succinctly - they are mental snapshots of particular moments; if it can be put into ten to fifteen words then that is ideal… [Read More]
Here we are asking you to describe a memorable moment from a film in a few words – a moment that has meant something to you, or perhaps just one that makes you smile; if you can express it in between ten and fifteen words, all the better… [Read More]