Andromeda is a choral work based on Charles Kingsley’s poem of the same name.
Cyril Rootham (1875-1938) composed this cantata dramatica (choral work with theatrical elements) during 1903-1905. He was a fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge where he taught orchestration. His many students included Arthur Bliss.
Rootham’s grandson, Dan Rootham, promotes his grandfather’s legacy and the archive can be found at rootham.org
The Andromeda legend was adapted into a poem by Kingsley and first published in 1852.
The open-air performance on The Mount (the hillock opposite Kingsley’s home in Eversley) will be augmented by thrilling giant puppetry, lighting effects and aerial artists. Cantata Dramatica, the Oxford based charity that commissions and produces mainly new work is supporting our production. It will be the first performance of the work in over one hundred years.
The ck200 festival production contains some novel theatrical elements – hopefully adding to audience enjoyment of this unique revival which we are proud to present in Kingsley’s bicentennial week in sight of his home at Eversley.
Composer Cyril Rootham
Conducted by Quintin Beer
Produced by Julia Stutfield, Cantata Dramatica