Finding and recognising the worth of a musical drama from entirely different times is one thing, as Edward Wickham probably thought at least once, the tricky part is bringing it back to life.
The Play of Daniel originated at Beauvais Cathedral in the early 13th century, and tells two Old Testament stories in music and simple drama.
Wickham and his collaborator Carl Heap used the professional voices of the Clerk's Group for the musical narrative and children from Woodloes School in Warwick for the drama, so recreating the Cathedral hierarchy of choristers and clergy that have probably performed it.
Wickham has also commissioned from contemporary composers motets to end each half, and very apt they were - Christopher Fox's Rendered Account and Gabriel Jackson's interesting Te Deum, where a small ensemble of local singers took the text, in Latin almost as a cantus firmus, and the professionals the English overlay.
The drama was simple and unsubtle recreating the plainness and directness of a medieval carving, and using brightly painted banners to represent a lions' den and Daniel's Guardian Angel.
Wickham's Clerk's Group was as polished as ever, the stark demands of the chant and the complexities of the polyphony and the contemporary motets showing off the power of a very good small ensemble.
This drama was in big demand on young children, who made a very fine job of it, throwing throughout concentration, dedication, enthusiasm and considerable enjoyment, and they sang the difficult music very well.
If you'll forgive the trendy arts jargon, this was a fine example of musical outreach in action.
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