This work has been composed for the 2012 Academia Musica Carol Service, in Association with BBC Hereford and Worcester.
The work is written in the best choral traditions of Britten and Elgar and is a challenging piece that is atmospheric and adventurous in both its harmonic and textural palettes.
John Frith was born in Hampshire, England, and has had a lifelong love of music. His professional training began at Dartington College of Arts where he studied composition with Richard Hall. He continued his musical education at The Guildhall School of Music, where he studied horn with Anthony Halstead and composition with Edmund Rubbra, winning the Brass and School Composition Prizes in 1970 and 1971.
John has written extensively for wind, brass, strings and voices and has published many pieces for various combinations of instruments including large orchestral pieces, some of which have been both professionally recorded and broadcast by the BBC.
This work was composed for the 2011 Hereford Fantasia Festival, in Association with the English Symphony Orchestra.
Inspiration for this work comes from the subject of screens and Internet usage and the composer's fascination with the differences between generations and their characteristic attributes: in particular, with Millennials innate ability to use all things digital.
Helena Cavan is the Associate Composer of the English Symphony Orchestra. She is an American composer and performing poet based in the UK since 1994. She has formally studied composition with Roger Briggs as Western Washington University, Joel F. Durand at the University of Washington and with Michael Finnissy at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The Independent commended her work as "compelling imaginative writing".