The King in the Car Park: A New Musical

Tuesday 30 June sees the premiere performance of The King in the Car Park – a brand new ‘cantata’ commissioned this year, written by Benjamin Vaughan and Philip Gross, for performance by children’s choirs.

Leicester and Leicestershire schools who are part of Leicester Cathedral’s schools’ singing programme DioSing!, in collaboration with the Richard III Project, have been working on this new musical version of the story of King Richard III for the last few months.

Premiere performance
Tuesday 30 June 2015, 2.00pm – 3.00pm at Leicester Cathedral

Second performance
Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 5.30pm-6.30pm at All Saints with Holy Trinity Parish Church, Loughborough

Entry is free of charge for both performances.

The King in the Car Park comprises 9 movements in a variety of musical styles as diverse as jazz, musical theatre, folk and more!  It tells the story of Richard III’s life, death in battle and recent rediscovery, culminating in the finale Coming Home, representing Richard III coming to his final resting place ‘in the heart of England’.  The music has been written by up-and-coming Welsh composer Benjamin Vaughan, who studied composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the libretto by Creative Writing Professor Philip Gross.

The piece will be performed for the first time by 300 primary school children from schools across Leicester and Leicestershire who have been working with DioSing! Choral Directors all year.  They will sing alongside Leicester Cathedral choristers, Loughborough Children’s Choir, a counter-tenor soloist, and a live band including piano, flute, clarinet, double bass, a variety of medieval instruments and the organ of Leicester Cathedral.

Both performances will be conducted by Choral Director Emma Trounson (www.emmatrounson.com) – contact her at emmatrounson@live.com for more information about the performances.

Director of DioSing! Cathedral Director of Music, Christopher Ouvry-Johns can be contacted at chris.ouvry-johns@leccofe.org or by calling 0116 261 5374 or 07982 444 087.

The piece will be available for Leicester and Leicestershire primary schools to perform during the next academic year, with support from DioSing! Choral Directors.  Please contact julie.tyler@leccofe.org for more information.