by Tommy Smith & Edwin Morgan
with the SNJO and featuring actor Niall Grieg Fulton
Celebrate Edwin Morgan’s centenary as the SNJO performs the colossal work ‘PLANET WAVE’: an extraordinary collaboration between ex poet-laureate Morgan and composer Tommy Smith.
Through music, theatre, sound effects and poetry, explore waves of history from the beginning of time 20 billion years B.C through early creation, the demise of the dinosaurs, arrival of cavemen, and the great flood, to the construction of the great pyramid and the age of Copernicus 1543 A.D.
First premiered in 1997 at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the work matched Morgan’s revelatory poetry to Smith’s powerful music in an epic depiction marking a stage in the history of the Earth. This journey takes the listener through waves of history and time, re-imagining major events and pivotal moments along the way.
Catch this momentous wave with the SNJO and witness a rare, historic and seismic event in words and music.
“The music carried a powerful emotional charge that mirrored Morgan’s poems to perfection.” The Scotsman
NB: There will be a pre-concert talk at 16:30