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appropriately enough. Cappella Nova celebrate the birthdays at two Scottish composers-the 500th anniversary oi the birth ol Robert Carverand the 60th birthday oi Ronald Stevenson. whose Motet ‘In Memoriam Robert Carver‘. specially commissioned by the choir. is given itslirst performance. Unusual in being lor 12 voices. each with its own line. the motel uses a poem by the writer Jamie Reid Baxter aboutthe experience olsinging Carver‘s music. And receiving its tirst hearing too is Kenneth Elliott's new reconstruction oi the Carver Mass ‘Pater Creator Omnium'.
Also including the lirst pertormance oi Stevenson's ‘Peace Motets'. the programme is entitled ‘A Concert for Peace'. the peace theme being one very close to his heart. ‘Ithink it's the most pressing issue in the world'. he says. ‘and itseems very peculiar ilone raises it that people think at political overtones and not humanistic ones.‘ Using settingsirom the James VI Bible. Stevenson takes what he describes as ‘the strongest statements. For instance. a marvellous text lrom Isaiah. ‘war shall be no more' and. Irom Christ's Sermon on the Mount. ‘blessed are the peacemakers‘. And Thou shalt not kill. ll doesn'tsay unless you have a nuclear missile up your sleeve. It‘s Thou shalt not kill. period.‘ Choral music is nota new medium tor Stevenson. who describes Cappella Nova as ‘a marvellous choir‘. From his vast output they also pertorm ‘A Medieval Scottish Tryptich‘, which includes the oldest poem in Scots. the 13th century ‘Owhen Alexander Our Kynge Was Dede'. on the - death otAlexander III. ‘I relate musicto Iile'. he says. 'I don‘t think it's something extraneousto Iile. Music is a humanthing and the musicians Iadmire are the kind that stand up and make statements.’
Stevenson's own statements tor peace can be heard on Wednesday 30 at Old St Paul's Church.
Edinburgh and on Friday 2 at Glasgow Cathedral. See classical listings tor details. (Carol Main).
In 1977 The Times newspaper began to run an occasional series. Iocusing each time on the particular plight at an individual ‘prisoneroi conscience‘—a prisoner held. usually in dreadlul conditions. tor his or her political beliets. The series stuck. and in 1980. atterThe Times' year-long break. journalist and writer Caroline Moorhead took it on asa regular commitment. researching and writing one ‘Prisonerol Conscience' pen portrait a week. Times changed at The Times. the column began to get squashed out. appearing only monthly. and Caroline Moorhead moved with her columnlo the more sympathetic environment olThe Independent. who were eagerto give it house room weekly. Now the series takes on another. even more lrequent incarnation— to commemorate the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration olHuman Rights. BBC 2 will run a live minute programme every daylortwo weeks (Irom 28 November). each one presenting the case ola prisoner olconscience.
Overthe years Moorhead has been able to build up a huge network at contacts who can inlorm herol prisoners— 'At any onetime I usually have eight ornine cases in hand — sometimes I need to get one in urgently because something dreadlul is going to be done to them‘ - and also a clear picture at the changing human rights records oI various countries. ‘Whenl started the real place tor political prisoners was Latin America. Nowthey don't even imprison them theyjust ‘disappear' them. which is even worse.‘ Argentina may have improved. but South East Asia and Turkey have also grown much worse. she leels.
These days Moorhead triesto make hercolumn more telling by giving it particulartopicality: ‘II there’s a state visit oran election or something I'll try and choose a prisoner within that country. It sets it all in context.’ She also incorporates. within the piece about the individual prisoner. a little more about the human rights inthe country itsell. How etiective the column is is hard totell -Moorhead is quite sell-ettacing and realistic about it. ‘I think the main thing is that it’s there. just drip. drip. drip. week alter
week. saying that. whatever else is happening. these people are imprisoned all over the world and having an absolutely awlultime.‘ The television programmes. however. aim to give the series a higher protile—the case oteach prisoner will be narrated by a iamous personality (Sting. Glenda Jackson. Lord Callaghan. Dame Peggy Ashcrott. Sir Yehudi Menuhin. Max Hastings and Tom Stoppard among them). Viewers will also be encouragedto write or phone in tor more inlormation. as producer Rex Bloomslein. who commissioned Moorhead to write the scripts. hopesthe series will snowball. ‘ltwill be very interesting to see how much more powerlul television is.’ says Moorhead. (Sarah Hemming) Prisoners oI Conscience starts on 28 Nov. BBCZ. 8pm. See media listings. A book by Caroline Moorhead. ‘Betrayal: Child Exploitation in Today‘s World‘ will be published by Barry and Jenkins next March.
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