Vic Hoyland


1st Performance, staged by Northern Music theatre with David Sawer as soloist, conducted by Graham Treacher. Recorded at Lyons Concert Hall, York, 1981

for baritone, caged male chorus and large ensemble

Texts: Vespers, various writings by Michelangelo, Savonarola

3-0-3-0 – 0-3-3-0 – 2 perc – 2 hp, elec pf, elec org - 2 va, 2 vc, 2 db (amplified)

27’ 00” duration 1981

Commissioned by Northern Music Theatre

1st Performance

Lyons Concert Hall, York, then The Place, London 11th May 1984


The overriding impact of Michelagniolo (sic: the way M. wrote his name) is of passion barely constrained, a sense of artistic achievement under the most extreme psychological doubts, about human fulfilment, about death. There are moments of sheer delicacy, which the work benefits. M. contains some thrilling effects and riveting orchestral writing.
Andrew Clements, Financial Times

Performances of quite extraordinary commitment
York Evening Post

Performances combining brilliance and skill
Yorkshire Post

The best performance we were able to realize was at The Place, Marylebone, where David Sawer was magnificent in the central role. (B & W photographs are available).

NMT at The Place: NMT has received high praise and their exciting London debut showed why. This group is remarkable, and has an almost swaggering confidence, which places it amongst the elite in this field. Hoyland’s M. is extraordinary, impassioned, fitful, brash, terrifying, and with serenity quickly interrupted. Captivating.
Stephen Pettitt

Article by Philip Grange in Tempo

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