Upcoming concerts and events
National Youth Choir of Great Britain (conducted by Ben Parry) and The Swingles
Until It’s Gone – music for our planet by The Swingles and NYCGB
Earth Song by Rachel Portman and Nick Drake
Water by Anders Edenroth
Music by The Swingles
Thursday 7th April, 7:30pm, at The Fireworks Factory, Woolwich Works, 11 No. 1 Street, London SE18 6HD
Join the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and award-winning a cappella group The Swingles for a dazzling evening of vocal music as they premiere their ambitious new work, inspired by NYCGB’s artistic theme for 2022, ‘Environment’. The evening will also include Rachel Portman’s Earth Song, Anders Edenroth’s Water, a mindful and hypnotic conversation about the different elements of nature across the world, a poetic perspective on the importance of water to human life, and a special set performed by The Swingles. Book tickets here.
Sarah Kirkland Snider – Mass For The Endangered, performed by Gallicantus and Decoda Ensemble
June 14-16, various times, Catacombs of The Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
For her extraordinary Mass for the Endangered, composer Sarah Kirkland Snider has taken the traditional Latin text of the Mass and interspersed it with contemporary poetry about animal endangerment and climate change. Book tickets here.
Our Future In Your Hands – an oratorio commissioned by Buxton International Festival, music by Kate Whitley, words by Laura Attridge. Over the last twenty years the global scientific community has been raising the alarm about climate change. Government action has been stuck in red tape and endless debate. The process of change has stalled. This inaction was too much for young people who have decided to go on a strike to protest the lack of action in the face of climate change. Our Future In Your Hands uses the oratorio to give voice to the hopes and fears of the young people who will one day inherit our world. 10th and 17th July, 6pm, St John’s Church, Buxton, Derbyshire. Book tickets here.
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Recordings to enjoy
‘What A Game To Play’ by Colin Macpherson – for guitar and multi-tracked vocals. If you have a choir who enjoy learning by ear they would probably find it easy to pick up the parts and perform this.
The LSO Discovery Junior Choir perform ‘One Earth’ by Cheryl Frances Hoad & Di Sherlock.
In October 2020, the British Music Collection ran Climate. Sound. Change, which saw composers responding creatively to what is unequivocally the most urgent and far-reaching issue of our time. Listen to the winning works, including Jessica Slowen’s song “Greatest Mistake” for 2-3 part choir.
Ice Is Melting – a song by Hannah Paloma for #turnupthevolume week