26 March 2005

  Out of Silence Choir

This choir was put together for a specific project with musical director Sally Brown who had unearthed three 17th and 18th century, leather-bound songbooks written by women who had lived in Belton House, a National Trust property in Lincolnshire. Their songbooks were kept throughout their lives; they are collections of best-loved songs, written in French, English and Italian. The women who wrote the songbooks led lives just as inspiring as the songs they collected. Research turned up scandals, prolonged battles against arranged marriages, unexpected children and an untimely death from smallpox.

The choir worked to rescue these songs from the dusty pages that held them captive, bringing the songs literally ‘out of silence’. They have taken an imaginative, wide-ranging approach, writing companion pieces for the older songs, creating new songs inspired by the women who kept the songbooks, and including powerful pieces from Japan and Georgia to convey some of the sense of ‘otherness’ and danger of the past.



Out of Silence

A 19 track CD of singing by the 35 men and women of the Out of Silence Choir, some tracks accompanied by or featuring glorious solo violin played by Bradley Creswick, leader of the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra.
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    2001       £12  



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