Airplane Cantata

18 mins

for SATB and pianola

Texts by Luigi Tansillo (1510-1568), from The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, December 18, 1903, and by Orville Wright (1871-1948), Humbert Wolfe (1885-1940), Louis Blériot (1872-1936), Sir George Cayley (1773-1857), Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) and Hart Crane (1899-1932)

Commissioned by the BBC for the BBC Singers
First performed by the BBC Singers and Rex Lawson (pianola), directed by James Morgan, at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge, London on 24 October 2011