Last year, the Chilean Choir, Coro Elysium, gave a performance of John’s quartet of WWI pieces The Singing Will Never Be Done. This collection brings together texts from the soldier-poets: Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Seigfried Sassoon and Ivor Gurney and has been described as ‘a group of astonishingly assured settings’. The South American premiere of the collection was given in Santiago on 22 November 2018, in a concert entitled ‘Guerra y paz’. John’s pieces were juxtaposed with Eric Whitacre’s settings of ‘Three Flower Songs’ by Octavio Paz.
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