“This oratorio follows the life of David from the time of Saul to David’s death and the crowning of Solomon,” Parkinson said.

“The music expresses the wide ranging emotions and drama, beginning when David was a shepherd, to his conquests in battle, his rise to power, his lust for another man’s wife, his agony over his son’s death, his disobedience to God and, finally, to his own death.

“Baroque or Neo-Baroque influence is heard in parts of the oratorio. Other influences include Faure (who taught Honegger in Paris), Stravinsky and the then new musical form: jazz. James Naughton as the narrator will carry the story forward, while soloists and chorus provide commentary, celebratory music and lamentations, many of which are derived from Psalms.”

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