At the choir’s concert on May 11th at St Mary Radcliffe, we gave the world premiere of a recently discovered piece by Eric Thiman (1900 – 1975), a setting of Psalm 23. The concert was attended by Frances Thiman, niece of the composer, who has been instrumental in building up the collection of over 1300 of Thiman’s work, which is held at Southwell Minster. This archive is managed by our conductor, Guy Turner. https://thimancollection.org/
Frances wrote to Guy:
‘Thank you for a marvellous and very unusual and quite outstanding concert last night. There was real depth and interest in the whole programme and the ideas running throughout, and the performances were brilliant. I very much enjoyed your work, Guy, and I know the whole audience did, and I also appreciated having all the Stevenson poems in the programme – which incidentally I thought was beautifully produced, with a lovely cover. It was very exciting to see Eric’s name on the notice outside the church. On hearing his piece….. it seemed to me that the piece was quite different to his other works – more serious perhaps, dramatic and challenging, even in a more modern idiom. Maybe he felt it was not typical of his other work, even experimental?
- Anyway – thank you both so much for a very fine and moving experience.’