The oratorio was composed by Michael Tippett from 1939 to 1941.
The 17-year-old Jewish youth Herschel Grynszpan is meant by the "child of our time". He had assassinated a German embassy councillor in Paris. The Nazis used this as an occasion for the "Reichskristallnacht".
At the moment the orchestra and choir rehearse separately. Only at the performance in the cathedral will they stand together on stage. Tickets are already available at all known advance booking offices - also a nice gift idea!