SACRED SOUNDS WOMEN’S CHOIR – A REVIEW OF 2015

The past twelve months have been busy for Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir, a year filled with howling with wolves, replicating the sounds of nature including insects, birds, water and wind rustling through woodlands, interviews with Deborah Coughlin, Alex Poots and Veronica Gonzalez Peña and performances with Reem Kelani, Jason Singh, Charlotte Rampling and pianist Helene Grimaud

Thank you to all who have supported us and given us some wonderful opportunities in 2015. Please see below some of our best bits…

Sacred Sounds Women's Choir - Showcase Event
Saturday 31st January, Z-arts

The Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir – Showcase Event was the culmination of a six-month development project that has seen the choir push themselves both vocally and creatively, this event was an opportunity to explore their own artistic ambitions, performing a new and challenging repertoire alongside; Renu Hossain, Carol Jason, Reem Kelani, Audrey Mattis, Keertan Rehal, Jason Singh and Madhu Tanjorkar.

Our wonderful Choir member, Naina taking the lead during the performance. Photo: Michela De Rossi.

Our wonderful Choir member, Naina taking the lead during the performance. Photo: Michela De Rossi.

A Night at the Theatre — A Sleepover
Friday 22nd May, Royal Exchange Theatre

Jason Singh invited Sacred Sounds Women's Choir to collaborate with him on a commission for ‘A Night At The Theatre’, a special sleepover event at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Beth Allen and Jason Singh composed a new lullaby that was performed by the choir at this unique event.

Sacred Sounds Women's Choir performing 'Lullaby' with Jason Singh at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo: Joel Chester-Fildes  

Sacred Sounds Women's Choir performing 'Lullaby' with Jason Singh at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo: Joel Chester-Fildes
 

Manchester International Festival (MIF15)
Thursday 2nd - Sunday 19th July, Various locations across Manchester

Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir were thrilled to be invited back to Manchester International Festival to take part in a number exciting projects at MIF15. One project in particular offered a new challenge for the choir, working with Turner prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon to create a new vocal soundscape to accompany Neck of the Woods.

'And the soundscape is simply inspired, the human voices of MIF13 stars the Sacred Sounds Women's Choir convincingly moulding themselves into the noise of rustling trees, woodland wildlife and - of course - howling wolves.' Sarah Walters, MEN - 10.07.15

Neck of the Woods research - Walking with Wolves at Predator Experience, Cumbria. Photo: Ange Cobham for Manchester International Festival.

Neck of the Woods research - Walking with Wolves at Predator Experience, Cumbria. Photo: Ange Cobham for Manchester International Festival.

The choir were also invited to take part in Interdependence where they were interviewed by Deborah Coughlin and performed as one of the local community choirs chosen to perform Arvo Pärt’s work in the Whitworth Art Gallery for Richter/Pärt as well as performing at the MIF15 Volunteers Launch event, Didsbury Arts Festival and volunteering to be part of Performance Capture with Artist Ed Atkins.

Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir's performance and interview as part of Interdependence – Old Granada Studios / 04.07.15. Photo: Rob Martin for Manchester International Festival. 

Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir's performance and interview as part of Interdependence – Old Granada Studios / 04.07.15. Photo: Rob Martin for Manchester International Festival. 

Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir perform a piece composed by Arvo Part at The Whitworth Art Gallery. Photo: Liza Young for Manchester International Festival.

Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir perform a piece composed by Arvo Part at The Whitworth Art Gallery. Photo: Liza Young for Manchester International Festival.

Choir Member Asha taking part in Ed Atkins’ Performance Capture for MIF15 at Manchester Art Gallery. Photo: Joel Chester-Fildes for Manchester International Festival

Choir Member Asha taking part in Ed Atkins’ Performance Capture for MIF15 at Manchester Art Gallery. Photo: Joel Chester-Fildes for Manchester International Festival

2015 was also the year that saw the choir work with pupils and teachers at Gorton Mount Primary Academy to explore and celebrate the rich cultural diversity within and across Manchester. 

Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir celebrate World Music Day with pupils, parents and teachers at Gorton Mount Primary Academy. Photo: Mark Thomas for Manchester International.

Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir celebrate World Music Day with pupils, parents and teachers at Gorton Mount Primary Academy. Photo: Mark Thomas for Manchester International.

Throughout September and October the choir were invited to perform at Oldham Library as part of International Peace Day, the 130th Anniversary of Cheetham Park and at Lancaster Music Festival.

Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir perform at Lancaster Music Festival. Photo: Mark McCabe.

Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir perform at Lancaster Music Festival. Photo: Mark McCabe.

Sacred Sounds were delighted to be asked to devise a vocal score that would be performed live on 12th November at the Video Jam event at Manchester Jewish Museum, supported by Creative Tourist. The choir performed a score in response to an extract taken from the 2012 documentary In Search of Silent Landscapes, directed byWebb-Ellis.

Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir perform their specially composed score to In Search of Silent Landscapes as part of Video Jam at Manchester Jewish Museum. Photo: Drew Forsyth.

Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir perform their specially composed score to In Search of Silent Landscapes as part of Video Jam at Manchester Jewish Museum. Photo: Drew Forsyth.

It has been a wonderful year for Sacred Sounds Women's Choir. Thank you to everyone that has supported us. 

Here’s to 2016!