London Contemporary Voices will be going live to present a brand new choral commission by LCV emerging artist Meg Ella this Sunday evening.
The choir partnered with award-winning charity Living Words to explore how singers from the choir have been feeling about life over the pandemic using the charity’s innovative Listen Out Loud methodology, with some of the words the singers shared becoming the lyrics to the pieces Meg Ella has created.
“The project was so much fun and I thought it was extremely helpful for someone like me who can suffer sometimes with mental health as well as autism.”Nimrita
The pieces use choral layers that draw on the uniqueness of the each singer underscored by Meg’s distinctive and beguiling textured cello and piano. The words of the group became a way to hold a space together and touch safely into the collective grief and joy this last year has opened. They provided a bridge to reconnect with each other through self-expression and our hope is that the wider community will also feel a similar resonance. When we connect – here and now – in the moment and meet each other where we are, what we create can resonate with us and others – it can validate our experiences and provide a counterweight to the pressure, isolation and uncertainty of the time we are living through.
“In a time when countless projects and communities have fallen through the cracks and disappeared, it’s felt so reassuring to be part of such a meaningful project. Further, the thrill of hearing all of the voices put together after the recording process has finished is akin to singing live and feeling that sense of belonging and oneness.” Cod
“It’s been wonderful to be able to continue, at least in part, with the choral singing we do in LCV through these projects. It’s been a sorely missing part of my day-to-day life, and I think this lack of group singing has been deeply felt with the choral community at large. I think the connection with Living Words and mental health is very appropriate, as group singing plays a big part in people’s lives as a source of wellness and social stimulus, so to tie the two together made for a good match” – Knut
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Original artwork from Laura Buckell.