Pierre Henry's Liverpool Mass Report for BBC Radio 4 - 12.05.17 by Robin The Fog published on 2017-05-17T12:43:29Z Closing item on The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4, Friday 12th May, 2017. Thanks to Carly Townsend, Bryan Biggs, Thierry Balasse and Mark Goodall. Original cue: "It was intended to be a bold and futuristic new composition to mark the inaugural mass at Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral when it first appeared as a striking addition to the city's skyline in the 1960s, but due to unforeseen circumstances The Liverpool Mass by renown French composer Pierre Henry missed its deadline. But now, to mark the Cathedral's 50th anniversary, long running local arts venue The Bluecoat are preparing to finally bring the work back to the building that inspired it. Tomorrow evening, the Liverpool Mass will receive its first ever performance at the cathedral, only half a century late. And like Henry himself, it has lost none of its ability to surprise. The composer continues to work each day, but as Liverpool is quite a long way from Paris when you're almost ninety, it was deemed prudent to send his most trusted sound engineer along instead. Robin [The Fog] went along to observe preparations and to discover a work that, five decades after its composition, still retains the shock of the new..."