Bedford: New ensemble work
“She sings beautifully. Dances elegantly. Talks with two persons on different subjects at the same time, and excites the wonder and admiration of all beholders.”
This was how the Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale was presented in posters advertising the skills of the conjoined twins Millie and Christine McCoy in the 1870s. It is also the title of Luke Bedford's latest work for ensemble, which receives its world première in Inverness on 17 February by the Scottish Ensemble, before travelling to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth, Glasgow and finally London.
Instrumentation: 0 2 0 0 - 2 0 0 0, vln(6), va(2), vc(2), kb
Luke Bedford: Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale
for violin solo, viola solo and 15 players
Jonathan Morton, violin; Lawrence Power, viola