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Barbican world premiere and Bernstein classics to be broadcast in mid-November

October 2018 

Our world premiere of an exciting work by up-and-coming British composer Ryan Latimer together with two classic pieces by Leonard Bernstein will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on November 16. The Barbican concert, which took place on October 24, featured the Crouch End Festival Chorus commission Frigates & Folly by Latimer and American composer Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite No 2 and Chichester Psalms. The performance  saw the choir team up with the BBC Concert Orchestra, four soloists from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music --- Valeria Perboni, Emily Chesterton, Kieran Parrott and Nitai Levi – and boy treble Joshua Abrams. It opened with the BBC Concert Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture before the 28-year-old Latimer’s new work was well received in the Barbican Hall. "With his skill, sense of fun and imagination, he has a promising future ahead of him," Crouch End Festival Chorus Music Director David Temple said.Latimer, a lecturer in music at Birmingham University, tweeted: “Thanks for such a fantastic first performance of Frigates and Folly. A truly memorable and humbling experience all round.“ Abrams, 12, won much praise for his solo in the second movement of the Psalms (Adonai Ro-i, Lo Ehsar or the Lord is my Shepherd) before Valeria, Emily, Kieran and Nitai took on the roles of Maria/Rosalia, Anita, Riff and Bernard/Tony respectively in rousing renditions of the popular I feel Pretty, Jet Song, America and Tonight. The concert is scheduled to be broadcast on Radio 3 on November 16th at 1530, the BBC said. Read David Winskell's Review.