Tonight I'm launching a crowdsourcing campaign with a difference and I need your help.
This is a very special crowdsourcing campaign. I want to record my sacred compositions on August 13th in Adelaide. For this dream to become real - I need your help. But I don't need your money. I NEED YOUR VOICE.
There will be two concerts - 3pm at St Johns, 6pm at Epiphany and they will be recorded live for CD and youtube. The program includes four choral songs and I need a robust choir of wonderful singers to make this happen.
If you have a penchant for bringing new music to life and working with the composer during the process, please get involved. I need all parts, especially altos and tenors. The pieces are tonal and not weird, but they aren't easy and require folks who are confident.
If you are the sort of chorister who enjoys tuning your fifth to the basses overtones, bringing out an accidental cause you've noticed it's a leading note in a modulation, making decisions on your vowel placement based on your neighbours, company wide precision consonants, if you've discussed long into the night, over red wine, that after long consideration you have come to the conclusion that a little vibrato actually brings warmth and life to a choral sound, FANTASTIC. Give me a hoy. Also go you, you wonderful total choir nerd. xxx
If you know singers who would be interested - please invite them. If you have a choir - can you tap folks you know would be suitable on the shoulder?
Rehearsals are scheduled for Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons from July 20th to Aug 11. This outrageous number of rehearsals means if you can't make them all, because you already sing in three ensembles two of which are touring intermittently, you can come to some. FANTASTIC.
The program will also include bespoke solo pieces I have composed for Adelaide based singers Hew Wagner, Sidonie Henbest and Bethany Hill.
Here are the pieces as Mp3s using sibelius virtual instruments. Nothing like it's going to be - with human voices - but it will give you a flavour.
Prayer For Sanctuary - a setting of psalm 23
The Morning Star
I have written the music and text for soloist Bethany Hill and choir. She has the most phenomenal range and agility so this piece will showcase her beautiful gift/skill. I can't wait to work with her and a choir together.
This one's for the ladies - an SSAA piece.