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Voices of London, Songs of the Big Smoke

by Various Artists

The album contains songs about London including a brand new song cycle by contemporary composers using poetry that spans 900 years; listen to music about the many different faces of a beloved capital city.
Genre: Classical: Art songs
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1. Voices of London: I. Praeludium
Nick Allen & Gavin Roberts
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2. Voices of London: II. London
Nick Allen & Gavin Roberts
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3. Voices of London: III. Translating the English
Jennifer Witton & Gavin Roberts
4:07 $0.99
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4. Voices of London: V. Covent Garden, Inside Outside
Elizabeth Lynch & Gavin Roberts
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5. Voices of London: VI. Through Galleried Earth
Jennifer Witton & Gavin Roberts
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6. Voices of London: VII. This Moment of June
Elizabeth Lynch & Gavin Roberts
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7. Voices of London: VIII. Shadwell Stair
Piran Legg & Gavin Roberts
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8. Voices of London: IX. If London Could Speak...
Jennifer Witton, Elizabeth Lynch, Nick Allen, Piran Legg & Gavin Roberts
4:31 $0.99
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9. Rollicum-Rorum
Piran Legg & Gavin Roberts
1:55 $0.99
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10. On the Way to Kew
Elizabeth Lynch & Gavin Roberts
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11. On the Brow of Richmond Hill
Nick Allen & Gavin Roberts
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12. The Dream-City
Jennifer Witton & Gavin Roberts
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13. Flower of Cities: V. Glide Gently
Piran Legg & Gavin Roberts
2:43 $0.99
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14. Flower of Cities: VI. London Is a Fine Town
Piran Legg & Gavin Roberts
1:22 $0.99
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15. A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table: III. Wapping Old Stairs
Elizabeth Lynch & Gavin Roberts
2:26 $0.99
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16. A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table: V. the Contrast
Nick Allen & Gavin Roberts
2:52 $0.99
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17. A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table: VI. Rhyme
Jennifer Witton & Gavin Roberts
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18. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Jennifer Witton, Elizabeth Lynch, Nick Allen, Piran Legg & Gavin Roberts
4:41 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Song in the City is a registered charity that takes classical music out of its comfort zone. Through the seemingly traditional genre of song, we revolutionise the relationship between classical musicians and their audiences through imaginative concerts, and social projects. We programme concerts around inventive and often challenging themes, bringing talented singers and pianists (many of whom come from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, as well as other London music colleges) to the heart of the Square Mile, in the intimate and beautiful setting of the Hall at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate. We also seek to collaborate regularly with performers from other artistic disciplines, such as actors and dancers, and believe in commissioning new music from young composers – especially by them working with real-live performers directly.

In 2012, we commissioned a new song cycle called 'Voices of London' from four composers, who wrote directly for four Guildhall School singers. These new songs set poetry inspired by London. The process of creating this new work involved collectively sifting through many London-inspired poems until a collection emerged that hung together as a group. Each composer chose a shortlist of poems, which was then further reduced to two or three poems each. We decided to include poems that spoke of London’s own ‘voice’: the noise that the city makes, the sounds of its people, or, as James Lark and Simon Munnery wonder in the final song, ‘If London could speak’! Of course, a collection of songs that is composed by four different composers for four different voices and a pianist, with poetry ranging from the 12th century to the present day, is at the risk of being incohesive, let alone being able to claim a place in the genre of the song cycle. However, one has only to look at London to see the juxtaposition of old and new, of beautiful and ugly, of congruous and incongruous, to realise that this melange of different ‘voices’ is what makes London so uniquely attractive. It seemed to us that the best way of reflecting this unique vista in the special genre of song, was to create our own melting-pot with the voices of poets, composers and singers, reflecting the multifarious ‘voices’ of London. Our new cycle was premiered in Christchurch, Spitalfields, in October 2012. On this their debut recording, Song in the City also includes many other London-themed music by composers who have wished, like us, to leave a legacy that celebrates the vibrancy of the ‘Big Smoke’ and the art it has inspired.

Gavin Roberts
Artistic Director, Song in the City

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