Foden's Youth Band
Anna-Clare Monk, soprano and narrator
Lauren Scott, harp
Michael Fowles, conductor
A Child Like You depicts the real life story of a 17-year old Ugandian Asian who fled Uganda in 1972, under the brutal regime of Idi Amin, and who subsequently lived with the family of composer Andy Scott, via UK refugee camps.
Andy has composed music and lyrics that are powerful and thought-provoking, producing a 15-minute mini-opera that features soprano/narrator Anna-Clare Monk, harpist Lauren Scott, the world famous Foden’s Brass Band (with whom Andy is Composer in Residence) and four young musicians from Foden’s Youth Band who both play and narrate.
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A Child Like You was commissioned by Foden's Brass Band.
A Child Like You is a composition that is hard to categorize - at times showing elements of Kurt Weill’s theatre works, sometimes reminiscent of Honneger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher. It is however an immensely powerful, emotive and very relevant work that reflects attitudes and circumstances of this or any other era.' 4barsrest.com
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The performance of A Child Like You was recorded live by the BBC at the Southbank Centre, London on 6 July 2014 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 12 July 2014.