Benjamin Ellin, the award-winning and critically acclaimed British conductor and composer, has been commissioned to create a classical composition focusing on the concept of peace and this year’s centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The resulting Oratorio One Before Zero is one movement for orchestra, solo baritone, solo mezzo soprano and boys’ choir.
The Oratorio will be performed by L’Orchestre de Picardie and premiered on Remembrance Day, 11th November 2016. The new work will be conducted by the Dutchman Arie van Beek featuring the Boys Choir of the German symphony orchestra Jenaer Philharmonie and soloists Ronan Collett (Baritone) and Anne Elizabeth Mason (Mezzo Soprano). The performance will take place at the renowned Maison de la Culture in Amiens in the Somme.
This large-scale musical narrative work is inspired by the moment before battle, before zero, zero hour, the time at which hostilities commence. Benjamin Ellin explains: “It’s the time when all that is known can be turned upside down and where a world of emotions dominates the mind and soul of any soldier”.
The work is in English, French and German and aims to illustrate musically and linguistically how the race to war, the loss of life and the destruction of humanity affected all sides in this devastating war.
Tickets for this world premiere start from 13€ and can be obtained from the venue: www.maisondelaculture-amiens.com