for full orchestra Twenty-Seven Heavens is a concerto for orchestra commissioned as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and scored for around 120 players. The title comes from Blake's Jerusalem, in which the poet parallels aspects of his mythological world with various districts of London, including areas such as Hackney, Bow and Stratford - now part of the Olympics site, and close to the composer's home. The twenty-seven heavens are layers of obscurity that the individual must penetrate to see the vision of Eternity - an idea which has resonance for both the artist and the athlete. It can also be seen to refer to the 27 nationalities represented by the EUYO's musicians.
Richard Causton (b.1971)