Premiered to great acclaim at the Edinburgh International Festival, Relict
Furies gives a voice to World War I’s New Zealand “relicts” – the widows
and sweethearts who waved their men goodbye and never saw them again.
Margaret Medlyn sings Paul Horan’s powerfully affecting
libretto (“Tomorrow I wear my wedding shoes to your funeral”), while Gareth
Farr’s score places two mirrored string sections from the New Zealand Symphony
Orchestra on opposite sides of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul to open up the
vast internal landscapes of bereavement and fury.
The concert also includes works for strings by Edward Elgar, Ralph
Vaughan Williams and Peter Sculthorpe.
by New Zealand Festival and Edinburgh International Festival.