Renowned British Composer David Fanshawe to Speak on World-Premiere of His Piece, ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’


British composer David Fanshawe will give a free talk on the occasion of the world premiere of his new piece, “Dona Nobis Pacem” May 4 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The presentation is open to the public and will be held at Brandt Music Hall, Room 205, at 12:30 p.m.

Fanshawe’s music career took off when, in 1965, he won a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London. While there, he hitch-hiked to Bahrain in 1966 to record the local music. From there, his fascination with world music grew as he traveled through North and East Africa, recording tribal and folk music. His unique musical style blends tribal and indigenous music with traditional gospel and religious music, including Latin Masses. His style is described as “inspirational” and provides listeners with a “truly spirited listening experience.”

The composition will be featured at the Choral Union/Southeast Symphony concert “Feel the Spirit” at 8 p.m. May 4 in Academic Auditorium. Tickets for the concert are available by calling (573) 651-2265.