Song of Hope, A


by Howard Goodall

upper voices, piano and strings
Unison/Upper + Equal Voices
Howard Goodall
piano (opt) - strings* * (student string parts for violins 1 & 2, viola and cello are also included. These are optional, and can be omitted if so desired)
Commissioned by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
First Performance
27.01.2010, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust National Commemorative Event 2010, Great Hall, Guildhall, London: Lady Margaret School Choir/Aurora Orchestra/string players from Lady Margaret School/Howard Goodall

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Programme Notes
Being a composer is about much more than creating attractive pictures in sound, or somehow adding to the canvas of our musical heritage. I believe that it is possible, indeed imperative, to harness the extraordinary power of music to heal and comfort, to allow a place for reflection and understanding, to reconcile and to nurture, and especially to articulate our collective or personal loss. For someone like me, who grew up in a community at a time in history mercifully protected from oppression, the unbearable suffering of others provokes a kind of stunned bewilderment, and I have witnessed many times how music is a way of giving voice to that emotional confusion. Unique amongst the arts, music has its own internal clock, transcending the ticking seconds, minutes, hours and days of conventional time. It is able – miraculously – to put us in any place at any time, suspending normality. The sound of a young person singing is the sound of inextinguishable hope.

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New choral repertoire from Howard Goodall

Howard Goodall is now firmly established as one of the UK’s most popular choral composers, thanks to the successes of scores such as The Lord is my Shepherd, Love Divine and Eternal Light: A Requiem, and his three recent ‘Enchanted Voices’ albums. Fans of his music will be pleased to hear that a number of choral works are newly available from us. Included are A Song of Hope (commissioned for the Holocaust Memorial Day National Commemorative Event 2010), They Were Not Here (recorded by Christ C Read more

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