Life’s sadness and joy in song

LIFE SONGS, a concert of original songs about love, loss and light at the end of the tunnel, is coming up at the library next month.

It will feature haunting melodies accompanied by rich orchestral and vocal textures to tell moving stories about aspects of contemporary human relationships.

The songs are by prolific Scarborough composer John Pattison of Beach Hut Theatre.

John has composed scores for major films and theatre productions.

With several West End runs, national and international tours featuring his wide-ranging talents, this is the first time many of these remarkable songs have been performed in his home town.

He has written successful stage musicals with Alan Ayckbourn and John Godber and composed two scores for film director Alain Resnais, a seminal figure in the French new wave.

John’s music has been described as “spellbinding” in the Guardian and “a tender yearning to rival anything from Phantom of the Opera” in the Daily Telegraph.

In Life Songs, Ava Noble, Sophie Norris, Jerry Penrose and Jim White will provide vocals. Paul Nash of the Danse Society will play guitar. Liam Watt Pattison is on bass and Iain Hunter of local band Everyone an Army will be playing drums and percussion.

John says: “Rehearsals are going really well. I have a fantastic team of musicians and singers. I have collaborated with musicians from all over the world in my career and it never ceases to amaze me how much home-grown musical talent we have here in Scarborough.

“These performances are going to be really quite special”.

Life Songs can be seen on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 July, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £8 (concessions £6.50) and can be bought at the tourist information centre in the Brunswick Pavilion.