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.

Co-commissioned by New Zealand Festival and Edinburgh International Festival.

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Download the Relict Furies programme.

No surprise it was rapturously received at the Edinburgh International Festival, says The Dominion Post's review.

Peter Mechen review for RNZ Concert's Upbeat.

Gareth Farr interviewed on RNZ Concert's Upbeat.

Tuesday 15 Mar

Adult GA