ALBUM REVIEW: Kerrin Tatman – Requiem for a Fading World | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 23.11.23





Assembled over nine months as part of The Glasshouse’s Artist in Residence programme, Requiem For A Fading World is the culmination of local composer Kerrin Tatman’s multifarious talents.

Recorded at June’s climatic Hall 2 performance, this live document sees their fantastical post-apocalyptic odyssey brought to life via a 13-piece ensemble and 19-strong choir – fronted by the voices of solo alto Jacqui Wicks (Mother) and solo soprano Emily Brown Gibson (Daughter). The conflict and philosophical divide between their central characters drives a stirring narrative, where classical, choral and folk elements swoon between towering bombast and stark devastation, all masterfully arranged and skilfully woven through a contemporary eco lens.

Whether the project develops further or this is to be its coda, the recording provides striking testament to a sprawling, momentous achievement.

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