Words Jennifer Henderson. Commissioned by Cheltenham Music Festival. Photo: David Fanshawe, East Africa.
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Maureen Brathwaite, Christopher Dowie, BackBeat Percussion, Gavin Carr, Cheltenham Town Hall, July 2012.
Spirit of Africa is inspired by the colours and symbolic meanings of the flags of Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya. The words and music of the five movements trace a journey through the day, with the colour white for daybreak mist, green for morning freshness, red for midday heat, gold for sunset and black for night; each with its own mood and character, hopes and fears.