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2006-Jun-09: Reviving the "Liverpool Oratorio"

Carl Davis has just announced he will revive the Liverpool Oratorio which he co-wrote with Paul McCartney back in the early 1990s, as part of the city's birthday celebrations next year:

"In 2007 when Liverpool celebrates its big anniversary we're going to revive the Paul McCartney Liverpool Oratorio. I remember standing in Tokyo [15 years ago] in front of an audience full of Japanese people, with an all-Japanese choir and they're singing the lines "We were born in Liverpool" - or you're in Brooklyn with the Harlem boys' choir and they're all singing the same line. It was surreal. It was like the whole world was born in Liverpool under the Beatles banner - and that happened wherever we were in England, or in Germany, in Sweden, or anywhere. I loved it at the time. I haven't done it now for quite a few years so it will be very interesting."

Sir Paul, he says, "wrote some beautiful melodies" when they collaborated on the full-length classical work which premiered in Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral in June 1991:

"He is an absolute icon of pop music, but he was very modest and he appreciated the music in a very fresh way. He looked at it as an adventure. He was a really wonderful collaborator. I couldn't be John Lennon to his Paul McCartney but I could work with him very easily, and he's someone who really likes to collaborate with people. He must miss that awfully."

Mr. Davis has not discussed working on reviving the Oratorio with Sir Paul:

"I hope he comes to see it. I was working with him during a very settled period in his life. Linda was still alive, Stella hadn't entered the fashion world and James was still at grammar school. This was 1989 to 1990 and his life now is very different."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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