Amazing Grace 250 Voices – Singers, Watch this Space!
Singers Watch this Space – Amazing Grace 250 Voices
Forever? is a major new piece of music for voice and chamber ensemble which explores what the hymn Amazing Grace means to people today.
The Cowper & Newton Museum is delighted to be working with The Stables for Amazing Grace 250 to bring this new commission to life with opportunities for community participation and in a concert at The Stables as part of IF: Milton Keynes International festival.
This new work has music by the renowned composer Roderick Williams and text by celebrated poet Rommi Smith. The premiere will be performed by the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble, part of Europe’s first majority-Black and ethnically diverse orchestra, on 22nd July at The Stables.
But there is more! This new work has a part for choirs which will be premiered at the Milton Keynes Community Choir Festival at Campbell Park on Saturday 17th June 2023.
Led by musical director Craig McLeish, choirs from the area will be invited to be part of the ‘Amazing Grace 250 Voices’ project to reveal this new choir music piece to the world.
And singers from the area who are not members of these choirs will also be able to take part!
A series of workshops will be held in Olney to give singers who would like to participate, the chance to learn the piece in a safe and supportive space. Singers will need to have some singing experience and a bit of singing confidence, but that could be from almost any singing background.
If you would like to be a part of the Olney Amazing Grace Choir, follow this link to the page where you can find out more and sign up. (PS – none ‘Olneyites’ very welcome :-D)
.. pencil 17th June in your diary!
For more information about the original idea conceived for Amazing Grace 250, the writer, composer and orchestra … and much more … have a look at our Amazing Grace 250 So far … pages on the Museum website. https://cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk/amazing-grace-250-commemorations/
With thanks to key supporters Arts Council England and Milton Keynes City Council.