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[Letter dated 24 June 2005]

[…] I couldn’t let today go by without letting you, Alasdair Middleton [librettist], and everyone else involved know how profoundly I was affected by ‘On Spital Fields’. 

 

One reason for this was, of course, that this is a hugely powerful piece of work in its own right. I will say more about that in a moment. A second reason is more personal: that the evening so potently brought together themes—the locality, music, education, story—that have been central to my own life for many years. Third, the piece was a wonderful example of democratic, community creativity. For an hour and a bit, many of the divisions and difficulties that take up so much of our time and energy seemed simply to dissolve away. 

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Throughout the performance (and especially to me what was certainly a Dies Irae), I was reminded of what you had said about a requiem mass. Almost by definition, a requiem takes us beyond time and place, and I think that somewhere in and around ‘On Spital Fields’ there is a requiem that belongs, not just to a small part of East London, but to the world. 

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