Ronald Corp

Conductor & Composer

Forever Child

Forever Child 1This score is published by Oxford University Press and is available from their online store and other music outlets.  Please click on the ‘OUP’ button below to be taken to their website for further information.


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Programme Notes

1   The Fly   (Blake)
2   New Year’s Chimes   (Francis Thompson)
3   Where Go the Boats   (R. L. Stevenson)
4   A Boy’s Song   (James Hogg)
5   God Be in My Head   (Sarum primer)
6   The Swing   (R. L. Stevenson)
7   On My First Sonne   (Ben Jonson)

Forever Child was composed to the memory of a lovely little boy whom I met at a family celebration of Passover.  As a Christian I felt very privileged to be at the meal, and Ben (Curiel) was the boy who asked all the questions which are part of the ritual of the meal.  Soon after that occasion, it was discovered that Ben had a brain tumour, and within nine months he was dead.  I wanted to celebrate his life with poems about childhood, and I assembled a selection of children’s poems.  Ben’s family were pleased with the choices but had suggestions of their own, so I rewrote some numbers and provided the final poem, ‘On My First Sonne’, which they had asked for.

Forever Child was first performed by The London Chorus in October, 2004.

© Ronald Corp, 2006

Published in 2007, Forever Child is a suite of seven songs for unaccompanied mixed voices on the theme of childhood.  It was composed in memory of a young boy, Ben Curiel, and is a celebration of his life in a sequence of well-loved texts.  Corp skilfully evokes a variety of moods, from the innocence and exuberance of childhood to the darker, more reflective mood of the final movements.  The work forms an excellent concert suite, or any of its movements may be extracted for separate performance; some of the pieces are suitable for liturgical use.

OUP lists the work as being ‘easy to moderately difficult’.  The volume also contains ‘Requiem’ (text by R. L. Stevenson), which originally formed the closing song of the cycle.