A Resurrection Symphony in aid of a stricken singer

A Resurrection Symphony in aid of a stricken singer


norman lebrecht

May 06, 2019

Message received from the Paradisal Players, London:

Our friend Stephen Kennedy, the extraordinarily talented singer and viola player, suffered a serious stroke in January, and was in a coma for several weeks. Joyously, he is now making a steady recovery, and is learning to walk again. We are organising a special fundraising concert for him. Here he is as soloist with the celebrated choir Tenebrae.

Given how he has so many friends who are both singers and orchestral players, we thought the obvious piece to do would be Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2, the ‘Resurrection’. The music depicts a journey from awful darkness to glorious light, the ultimate recovery if you will, and suits Steve’s situation rather aptly! Some of the funds raised will go to the Stroke Association, who will be supporting the event with publicity and marketing, and the rest will go directly to Steve.

Please signal your support for this concert here.