On January 4th 1967 at approximately 320 mph, just four hundred metres before the end of the measured kilometre, Bluebird's nose lifted beyond a decisive angle and as she rose out of the water the boat took off, somersaulted, plunged nose-first into the lake and broke up as it cart wheeled across the surface. Sir Donald Campbell was killed instantly.
The three movements are as follows:
This movement opens with the throb of the engines as the powerful motor pumps a dramatic pulse. The music gathers pace as Bluebird skims the water unbeknown of any hidden danger that causes the cataclysmic accident. The final moment depicts the craft and driver sinking to the bottom of the lake.
There is a sense of tranquillity embodied into a lilting melody that is interwoven into this movement.
Time to reflect on the past achievements as the dappled sunshine too reflects upon the waters of Coniston
Recorded by concert soloist Ian Watt on Nimbus Records ‘FIRE DANCE’ NI 6329