Being in the choir

30/10/2012

 

Being in the choir

30/10/2012

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Thanks to Jennie, I get to have a moment’s reflection on our recently completed summer commission, the Concerto Magnificent with composer Johnny Parry. Jennie has done a sterling job uploading photo sets from the project, onto this our new blog.

For once, thinking about why we do what we do, I can write as both a participant and as the initiator of the commission.  The Concerto Magnificent was my first opportunity to really take part and be part of an artist’s project, to be in the work. I am passionate about creating opportunities for people to be part of adventurous and engaging new art experiences.

But because we are commissioning new work, supporting artists to develop, take risks and often work in new ways, we of don’t really know what the resulting experience will be for the people who take part and help make this new art happen.

We had not commissioned work for the voice before, and I underestimated how much a perceived lack of singing skills can be a barrier. Although on the night, I was more nervous about giving a short speech than I was about performing on stage to a sell out audience. Singing with the choir was not scary, because Johnny had written us such extraordinary music.

In my speech I talked about generosity, the generosity of giving something of your-self to the lyrics, to choir members coming together every week over the summer to give their time to rehearsals.  But as with all gifts, I do feel that I have got a lot back. I was touched to have something personal to me used in one of the lyrics. It was also a remarkably energising experience to be one of many voices. I also talked in my speech about the generosity of Johnny’s music, which is unashamedly romantic and at times, epic.

What has inspired me and what I think we will take into new commissions is the emotional power of the human voice, and how art that uses that voice can speak of a collective universal experience and celebrate the unique and the individual.

Dawn

There is another blog about Concerto Magnificent herehttp://www.wysingartscentre.org/online/blog_archive/2012/09/

 

 

In my speech I talked about generosity, the generosity of giving something of your-self to the lyrics, to choir members coming together every week over the summer to give their time to rehearsals.  But as with all gifts, I do feel that I have got a lot back. I was touched to have something personal to me used in one of the lyrics. It was also a remarkably energising experience to be one of many voices. I also talked in my speech about the generosity of Johnny’s music, which is unashamedly romantic and at times, epic.

What has inspired me and what I think we will take into new commissions is the emotional power of the human voice, and how art that uses that voice can speak of a collective universal experience and celebrate the unique and the individual.

Dawn

There is another blog about Concerto Magnificent here

http://www.wysingartscentre.org/online/blog_archive/2012/09/

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