The Voice Project at Houghton Hall
New project ‘I Reach Right Up to the Sun’ to be performed amongst stunning Henry Moore sculpture exhibition
Norwich’s multi award-winning Voice Project Choir are presenting two very special summer performances in the spectacular grounds and gardens of Houghton Hall near Kings Lynn on Saturday 6 July at 5.30pm and 8pm.
I Reach Right Up to the Sun is being specially created to be performed among the exhibits for Henry Moore at Houghton Hall – Nature and Inspiration. All the music is written specially for the 100 voices of the choir by composers Karen Wimhurst, Helen Chadwick, Orlando Gough and Voice Project co-director Jonathan Baker. As ever the choir will be conducted by Jon’s fellow Voice Project co-director Sian Croose.
Jon and Sian have worked closely with Houghton Hall to create a promenade performance that allows the audience to gently stroll around the exhibits and view them from a fresh perspective, creating a new interaction between sculpture and ethereal vocal music.
The exhibition is the first significant show in East Anglia of Moore’s work. It sits alongside Houghton Hall’s permanent exhibits which include iconic works by landscape artist Richard Long, Rachel Whiteread and James Turrell.
Jonathan Baker said ‘When Sian and I heard about the Henry Moore exhibition we felt immediately inspired to create something that would link this magnificent building and its grounds, the exhibition and permanent collection.’
Sian Croose added ‘The choir are really excited at the prospect of performing in such an extraordinary setting. It’s the next step in the series of events that have seen us celebrate such iconic buildings as the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich Cathedral, Holkham Hall, Norwich City Hall, St Andrews Hall, Salthouse Church and St Benet’s Abbey.
Lord Cholmondeley, owner of Houghton Hall, said ‘We are delighted to welcome the Voice Project Choir to Houghton to perform in the grounds around the house. The Choir is sure to produce an interesting counterpoint to our Henry Moore exhibition, and it will be fascinating to see and hear how the music will work amongst these great outdoor sculptures’.
The Voice Project was founded in 2008 by experienced singers and educators Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker as an education charity to run regular courses in singing for people of all abilities. The choir is totally open access and anyone can join whether they have any experience of singing or not. Despite this, their performances are produced to exacting professional standards. Their broadcasts include TV on BBC 1 and ITV, prime time French television and radio broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.
For full details and to book tickets visit www.voiceproject.co.uk