A Shadow is an eight minute setting of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s (1807–1882) poem of the same name, which expresses the feelings of a father who knows he is unlikely to see what will come to pass in the lives of his children. This First World War-themed work was premiered at the 2018 BBC Proms, the UK’s major eight-week classical music summer season festival.
Commissioned for and performed by the BBC Proms Youth Choir under the direction of Simon Halsey, A Shadow was the opening performance of Prom 9: War & Peace in the Royal Albert Hall, which celebrated the centenary year of the end of the First World War. It also featured Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 and Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, performed by the World Orchestra for Peace and conducted by Donald Runnicles.
Photo: BBC Proms