Former Nottingham Conductor and Composer returns for UK PREMIERE of his Stabat Mater with the Choir of St. Mary’s and Orchestra of the Restoration.
Richard Prior will conduct the renowned Choir of St. Mary’s and the Orchestra of the Restoration in a performance of his acclaimed Stabat Mater for soprano soloist, choir and orchestra. Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony will also be featured on the programme.
Prior was a postgraduate student at Nottingham University from 1988-1991 where he distinguished himself as the conductor of the University Philharmonia, the founding conductor of the University Chamber Choir, and composer of several well-received works including his first two symphonies.
Originally from Kent, he has had a successful and varied career, including teaching and conducting at a number of colleges and universities in the United States and now focuses exclusively on composing and professional conducting opportunities. Prior has led orchestras across the US (including in Atlanta, Chicago and New York) and internationally (including with the National Symphony of Ukraine and the Cairo National Symphony).
His award-winning Stabat Mater has had over a dozen performances in the US and was one of the first HD broadcasts on US National Public Television.
I am delighted to be returning to Nottingham and to have this opportunity to work with the Choir and Orchestra at St. Mary’s. They represent the finest of musical institutions and were a significant part of my time whilst a postgraduate student at the University. I think of the Stabat Mater as one of the pillars of my compositional output and am thrilled to present the UK premiere in a place that was so influential in my career, and to a city of patrons who recognize the cultural value of Music and live performance. Richard Prior
The performance is on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30pm
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