In 2020 it’s been a delight to hear two songs from Cracked Voices being given a fresh airing (links below).
In Scottsdale Arizona (USA), Michael Tallino and Riley McKinch
chose ‘Earthrise’ as part of their Songs of Peace for a Wild World concert
(part of the Arts at Nativity emerging artist series) back in June.
In July, Donna Lennard (one of the performers who premiered
Cracked Voices) and Benjamin Graves also selected ‘The blessing of the
road-born child’ to be part of their first Songs and Sounds online concert, focusing
We hope you enjoy their performances as much as I have.
We’re pleased to announce that the Cracked Voices CD will be released at the end of January.
To get your hands on either digital or physical copies of the CD, head to Bandcamp. Further details about digital distribution to follow.
Many thanks all those who made the CD recording happen- to the four Cracked Voices performers – Miles Horner, Donna Lennard, Sue Pettitt and Ralph Woodward, to sound engineer James Waterhouse and Alpheton New Maltings recording studio. Thank you to the PRS Foundation’s Open Funding for Creators and the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts scheme for funding the recording.
What’s next? The Cracked Voices scores will be appearing in the next couple of weeks – watch this space! At the end of October the Cracked Voices quartet will be heading into the studio to make a recording of the song cycle – to pre-order a CD please click on the link in the navigation bar.
Things may have gone quiet for a while but Jenni has been busy arranging some of the Cracked Voices pieces for choir.
The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors (BASCA) has selected one of these songs to be put through its paces by the BBC Singers at the corporation’s Maida Vale studios next week. ‘The blessing of the road-born child’ was inspired by a local postcard from 1905 showing migrants being moved on by the police through Royston.
Composer Jenni Pinnock said, ‘Having the song workshopped by one of the world’s greatest choirs will be brilliant. It’s a challenging piece with lots of twists and turns, so it’ll be interesting to see how the BBC Singers navigate them.’
Thank you to everyone who came to our premiere at Cambridge’s Anglia Ruskin University. It was a joy to be able to share Cracked Voices with you. For us it was a moving experience hearing Miles Horner, Donna Lennard, Sue Pettitt and Ralph Woodward taking the songs and making them their own (all photos are from our pre-performance rehearsal).
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