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Simon Bailey appears at St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall (Orkney) in the Royal Gala Opening Concert of the St Magnus International Festival on Thursday 16th June in the prescence of their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mett-Marit of Norway.  I, Pilgrim, Alasdair Nicolson’s dramatic oratorio is a reflection on homelessness and migration, a modern pilgrimage searching for a better place and a better life, this new work receives its world première in St Magnus Cathedral with a stunning array of performers.  Simon is joined by the BBC Singers, Trondheim Soloists, Ann-Helen Moen (soprano) and conductor Øyvind Gimse before travelling to Nidaros Cathedral on the 28th July for the Norwegian première at the St Olav Festival.

The work brings together the words of the Stabat Mater with those of the world-renowned Norwegian writer Jon Fosse in an intense and moving narrative set to music by Alasdair Nicolson.