Commissioning music is always a risk. We are fortunate that our Musical Director David Temple is passionate about supporting young composers and bringing new large-scale choral music to the choral community. Sometimes the music is never performed again and sometimes it goes on to be a great success. We have also been fortunate to have had two successful commissions, picked up and performed by others choirs.

Imagine our delight to hear that our latest commission Codebreaker, by James McCarthy,  was performed on the 2nd April in Charlotte, North Carolina and will be performed again on the 22nd and 23rd April in Nashville Tennesse. Codebreaker forms the central piece in a collaboration between Nashville in Harmony Nashville in Harmony and One Voice Chorus , called Mapping Stars.

Codebreaker forms the centrepiece of Mapping Stars

Codebreaker is an oratorio for choir and orchestra about the life and loves of Alan Turing, often regarded as the father of computer science and credited with shortening  the Second World War by two years through breaking the German Enigma code. Alan Turing was convicted of Gross Indecency in 1951 and sentenced to chemical castration. He committed suicide in 1953. The oratorio was inspired by the public apology on 10th September 2009 delivered by Gordon Brown on behalf of the government.  Codebreaker’s premiere was on 26th April 2014 in The Barbican with Benedict Cumberbatch, who was about to appear as Alan Turing in the film Codebreaker, in the audience.

See this film of Nashville in Harmony and One Voice Chorus with Intersection Orchestra at their performance in Charlotte.

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4 thoughts on “Codebreaker performed in America

  1. I hugely enjoyed hearing Mapping the Stars’ performance. ‘Beautifully sung and I was fascinated to see it as a signed performance.
    The Herts Chorus at St Albans was so moving. I was in tears throughout it. I just can’t get enough of this piece just now, I’m telling everyone I meet about it!

    1. Hi Jan,

      What a lovely comment. Many thanks for your post. We had the most wonderful review as well.

  2. I sing with One Voice Charlotte and I will say this piece is not just an accomplishment for our whole chorus, but for me it’s the longest piece I’ve learned and performed. A very important story told through some gorgeous music. Thank you for your Soundcloud recordings as well–those helped us practice! Overall just a wonderful experience for me. Thanks!

    1. Thank you Noah. It’s humbling for us to see and hear such enthusiasm and compare it to our traditional British reserved reaction. Apologies for the slight delay. You are the first person to leave a message on our website!

      Carole – Here Chorus Comms Director

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