SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
'SHACKLETON'S GRAVE', AN INSTRUMENTAL AND ORCHESTRAL PIECE BY POPULAR, WELL-KNOWN COMPOSER
The composer explains that Shackleton's Cross is actually a piece in three versions: a new version, for trumpet & organ, is to be premiered on Thursday 8 November at 7.30 in Reading Concert Hall by the renowned trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins and award-winning organist David Goode, currently the Head of Keyboard at Eton College.
There is also a version for oboe, trumpet and strings, and one for piano solo (the last is to be released in January on Howard Goodall's forthcoming CD 'Inspired', for Decca Classics).
The title refers to the cross which was erected to the memory of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Erected to replace the initial memorial placed there by Norwegian Whalers following Shackleton's death on ship alongside the island in January 1922, the cross can be found on a promontory overlooking the entrance to the harbour at Grytviken Whaling Station - a location Shackleton knew well - and remains a significant landmark there, visited by many Shackleton, Antarctic and South Georgia enthusiasts.
The Reading Concert Hall is on Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH, and is part of the Town Hall complex, not far from Reading Station.
The publicity states 'The combination of trumpet and organ is one of the most glorious sounds to be heard in the musical world. Two of the finest exponents of their instruments give the first chamber performance of Howard Goodall's new work for the Royal Collection by Howard Goodall.
'Crispian Steele-Perkins will also showcase modern, piccolo and Baroque trumpets alongside a 1930s New York-built Cornet, English Cornet and a Post Horn.
'David Goode accompanies on the Town Hall's celebrated 'Father' Willis organ, which can be heard in the impressive acoustic of the Reading Concert Hall.'