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World Premiere of Martin Suckling's Meditation (after Donne)

Dec. 01, 2018

World Premiere of Martin Suckling's <em>Meditation (after Donne)</em>

On November 7, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, led by Nicolas Altstaedt, gave the world premiere of Martin Suckling's Meditation (after Donne) at Younger Hall, St. Andrews, Scotland as part of the Armistice Centenary commemorations. 

Suckling describes the work as ‘a simple song for orchestra, with performers and audience surrounded by a constantly evolving tapestry of tolling bells created by live electronics’. Susan Nickalls of The Scotsman notes,

"Recordings of church bells from across Scotland feature in Suckling’s atmospheric new work… Taking Donne’s plea for a shared humanity for inspiration, Suckling beautifully evokes the conflicting emotions that peace brings. Keening strings and the mournful wail of an oboe are united by the solemn tolling of the bells which segue into bird song in the final bars of this moving elegy."

After three performances in November by the SCO and Nicolas Altstaedt, Meditation (after Donne) was performed on December 2 by the Helensburgh Orchestral Society. Additional details may be found at

On March 9, the BBC Philharmonic, led by Ryan Wigglesworth, will give the world premiere of Suckling's This Departing Landscape at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

Listen to Martin Suckling's Candlebird (2011) here:

(Candlebird/Martin Suckling/London Sinfonietta/Nicholas Collon, conductor/Leigh Melrose, baritone)

To learn more about Martin Suckling, visit:

Martin Suckling
Meditation (after Donne) (2018)
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