The English premiere performance of the late Steve Martland's Sea Songs, given in February by the BBC Singers under Paul Brough.
Steve Martland died suddenly last month. The news shocked the music world; no-one would have anticipated such an event. Many were looking forward to a new creative surge by this composer, known for his forthright views on society, the establishment and music in general. His recent Sea Songs had their world premiere last year and their English premiere in this concert, given by the BBC Singers in February, conducted by Paul Brough. Far from being simple celebrations of the seafaring life, the works explore the social undercurrents that made men go to sea, risking, and often losing, their lives in the process.