Parsons says his piece 'may also be understood as a metaphor for single-minded or even obsessive dedication in the face of incalculable physical and psychological obstacles to any unknown and possibly unattainable goal.' Sounds like being a composer. The concert, at St James's Piccadilly, also revives a work about a zone of cruder conflict, Peter Dickinson's Tiananmen 1989.
ONE of the politically contentious places where Verdi did not set an opera, the North Pole, makes its presence felt in a London Concert Choir programme next Wednesday. Michael Parsons wrote his staged Expedition to the North Pole last decade as an account of Fridtjof Nansen's then record-breaking trip just past 86 degrees north, and he has extended the choral music to mark the centenary of the journey's start.