Orchestra: 2(I+pic).2(II+ca).1.bcl.1.cbn - 4.3.2.btbn.1 - timp.2perc(II+mar) - hp - str
This music was written to accompany a BBC One documentary following the extraordinary journey of a gutsy 25-year old who sailed into the history books to become the youngest and fastest yachtswoman to cruise around the world single-handed. The music was recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Michael Rafferty.
"Ellen MacArthur thrives on extremes. After her record-breaking, life-threatening performance in the Vendee Globe round-the-world race, many people thought she might relax into cosy celebrity. Her response was to announce an attempt on the Jules Verne Challenge, the record for non-stop sailing around the world. The current record is 64 days. Ellen hoped to do it in 60.
"This one-hour special on Prime follows Ellen’s challenge from start to finish: the intensive crew-selection process, the preparation of the massive boat, the ups and downs of life on board and the ultimate triumph or failure."