First performance of The Chalk Legend

The Chalk Legend.This spectacular ‘opera-oratorio’ was commissioned by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as their trailblazing event for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games being awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark. The county of Dorset is famed for its rich seams of history and folklore. But no-one expected the construction of the Weymouth relief road in preparation for the Olympic 2012 sailing events to be delayed by the unearthing of a mass grave of fifty-one decapitated Viking skeletons. This was the unlikely but inspired starting point for The Chalk Legend.

In collaboration with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music ensemble Kokoro and amateur musicians across some sixty Dorset villages, McNeff and Williams have developed a magical tale of ancient and contemporary discovery, greed, romance, comedy and mysticism, springing from the moment when a band of Viking warriors lands on the Dorset coast and encounters an encampment of Anglo-Saxons, with fateful results.

In collaboration with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music ensemble Kokoro and amateur musicians across some sixty Dorset villages, McNeff and Williams have developed a magical tale of ancient and contemporary discovery, greed, romance, comedy and mysticism, springing from the moment when a band of Viking warriors lands on the Dorset coast and encounters an encampment of Anglo-Saxons, with fateful results.

The London Concert Choir will be joined not only by participants from the original Dorset projects but also by performers from Ealing Youth Orchestra and choirs from two local schools.

Tickets £20 - £5 (Standing) plus booking fee 0844 847 2405 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk. For more information about The Chalk Legend go to www.chalklegends.com