Album is released after a 27-year wait
Two musicians from Holme Hale have released an album, 27 years after recording it.
Composer Sarah Rodgers, and clarinettist Geraldine Allen produced The Roaring Whirl for release in 1992.
It was made then for the Classical Recording Company, but did not progress to commercial release because Geraldine was in a car accident and received severe neck injuries.
Now, this fascinating cross cultural work set in the North Indian Punjab of Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, sub-titled “a music-narrative”, is at last being made available to wider audiences through the release on the music label, Métier.
Since the recording was made the narrator of colourful extracts from Kipling’s Kim, Bhasker Patel, has progressed from being little known as an actor to become a star of ITV’s Emmerdale, where he plays Rishi Sharma.
Likewise, virtuoso sitarist Baluji Shrivastav, who also plays tabla and pakhavaj on the recording, has been awarded the OBE and gained recognition for his work with the British Paraorchestra, alongside a raft of performance collaborations at the highest level.
Guitarist Tim Walker, who performed regularly with The Fires of London for composers Peter Maxwell Davies and Harrison Birtwistle, is also featured on the recording and was principal guitarist with the London Sinfonietta and other leading orchestras.
By turns, challenging, intriguing and entertaining, The Roaring Whirl is a revelation of West meets East and demonstrates Sarah Rodgers’s skill and inventiveness in passing her musical ideas across a spectrum of instruments and traditions.
Against a backdrop of woven musical textures, the clarinet strides and soars, sometimes conversing, other times commanding, with an astounding versatility and dexterity.
The richness and versatility of all the performers is at last available and the work will now have a very different audience from that of the 1990s.