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Melissa Bradshaw

New choir to spread the message of environmentalism through music

4:25, 1st August 2019

Nature’s Voice – a new choir to be launched this autumn by composer, arranger and countertenor Jonathan Darbourne – aims to spread the message of environmentalism through music.

The choir will combine music making with commentary from experts in the field of conservation and ecology. Singers will include Esther Mallett, Amy Wood, Alexander Chance, Jonathan Darbourne, Bradley Smith, Guy Cutting, Christopher Webb and Ben McKee.

‘I have become increasingly aware of environmental issues in the last few years, and music has always been at the centre of my life,’ explains Darbourne. ‘When I finished my studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, I wanted to create a choir of musical distinction that served a purpose. Music has this incredible power to inspire the listener and communicate a message, so using this to raise awareness of environmental issues felt like a natural fit.’

The choir’s debut performance opens Temple Music’s autumn season, and will take place at Temple Church, London on 3 October 2019. A programme of nature-inspired songs ranging from Britten to Billie Holiday and the Beach Boys will be paired with commentary from environmental law barrister James Cameron, and the creation of a spatial soundscape by composer and producer Dan Samsa using a 360-degree installation to emulate the sounds of nature.

Darbourne comments: ‘Many of our singers are current or past members of Temple Singers, so Temple Church feels very much like home to many of us. We’re thrilled to be able to offer our first performance in this remarkable and historic venue.’

Further information and ticket booking can be found here.

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