A piece of music inspired by the work of a First World War poet from the East End is set to be premiered at Queen Mary University of London .
Written for six musicians by the university’s composer in residence Edward Nesbit, Strange Joy will be performed by the East London Music Group on Tuesday, November 24.
It is based on three poems by Isaac Rosenberg – On Receiving News Of The War, Break Of Day In The Trenches And Returning and We Hear The Larks – which will be read by actor Joseph Hardy as it is played.
Edward said: “I am delighted to be starting my residency at the university with a commission from the excellent East London Music Group.
“It has been a particular pleasure to set poetry by the First World War poet Isaac Rosenberg, whose local connections to east London make his striking poems even more directly relevant to us.”
Rosenberg, the son of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants, moved to east London in 1897.
He studied in Stepney before being called up to fight in the First World War between 1915 and 1918.
He died in the battle of Arras on April 1, aged 27.
The concert will also feature a new production of Façade by William Walton as well as performances by the QMUL Chamber Ensemble of works by Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Ireland.
There will be an interval in which refreshments will be available, and the concert will be finished by 9.30pm.
7.30pm, Tuesday, November 24, £5, The Octagon at Queen Mary University of London
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