The Line is Immaterial: A Worthing Oratorio

The Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra has commissioned James Olsen to compose a piece for two SATB choirs, children’s choir and orchestra on the occasion of its 70th anniversary, to be called The Line is Immaterial: A Worthing Oratorio.

The piece, which was given its first performance on 23 March 2019 at the Assembly Hall in Worthing, is a celebration of community music in Worthing, and sets to music a montage of Worthing-related texts. The title is drawn from The Importance of Being Earnest, written in Worthing.

The project was featured on BBC Sussex, where James was interviewed on the Saturday Breakfast programme by Mark Carter, and on BBC Radio 3.

It is no longer possible to pledge money to this project but you can still download the full project proposal here (PDF, 3.2MB).

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Read a feature about the project in the Worthing Herald (2 November 2017).

James is documenting the making of the project on his YouTube channel. You can watch all the videos for the project and hear some of the music James has already written for it here or see a few of them below.

12 May 2018: James explains how he is composing with 'I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside' in the piece:

15 October 2017: The day of the project launch and trailer piece premiere (part 2):

11 October 2017: The day of the project launch and trailer piece premiere (part 1):

1 October 2017: James visits the choir rehearsals for the trailer piece:

24 September 2017: Orchestral rehearsals for the trailer piece begin and James explains the trailer piece (with costume changes):

17 August 2017: James explains the concept of the project:

16 April 2017: Teaser video for the project: