Wide World


upper voices and ensemble
Chorus with Orchestra/Ensemble, Unison/Upper + Equal Voices, By Children
Charles Hart
2211 - 0000 - timp - harp - (pno) - strings
Commissioned by The Sage Gateshead & Sing Up! for "VoiceOver: Through Time and Space"
First Performance
23.6.09, The Sage Gateshead & Barbican Hall, London, UK: massed primary schools for the North East/members of the Northern Sinfonia/Timothy Redmond/LSO St Luke's Youth Choir/City Schools Choir/members of the London SO/Michael Dworzynski

Full score and parts for hire, vocal score and chorus score on special sale (or hire) from the Hire Library. Vocal score also on sale as a digital download from Faber Music Store.

Programme Notes

WIDE WORLD Wide World was specially composed for today's concert, to be simultaneously performed at the Barbican in London and at The Sage Gateshead by both groups of performers. It celebrates the idea of ‘finding your voice’ in more senses than just the ‘singing’ voice, since young people have their whole lives before them: to get the most out of all the opportunities and possibilities the world has to offer, it’s always best if you feel confident in yourself and the friends and family around you. The song was commissioned by ‘Sing Up’, whose slogan is ‘helping kids find their voice’. This is what Wide World – and singing in a group – is all about, gaining strength and courage from those around you, discovering who you really are and what you want to achieve. Wide World is full of promise and hope, inspired by the optimism of young people. Its words were written by Charles Hart, who wrote the lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera and its music is by Howard Goodall, who has composed some of the best known TV theme tunes of all time, including Blackadder, Mr Bean, Red Dwarf and The Vicar of Dibley. Howard is also the National Ambassador for Singing. Howard Goodall

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