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Norwich quintet’s performance reflects on war and memory

PUBLISHED: 14:18 17 July 2014

The Voice Project rehearse their new vocal piece inspired by the Sainsbury Centre's Monument Exhibition at the Undercroft. From left the singers are, Jeremy Avis, Sianed Jones, Rebecca Askew, Sian Croose, and Jonathan Baker. Picture: Denise Bradley

The Voice Project rehearse their new vocal piece inspired by the Sainsbury Centre's Monument Exhibition at the Undercroft. From left the singers are, Jeremy Avis, Sianed Jones, Rebecca Askew, Sian Croose, and Jonathan Baker. Picture: Denise Bradley

copyright: Archant 2014

A quintet of singers contemplated memory and conflict in a poignant musical performance beneath Norwich’s war memorial.

The Voice Project members had created their vocal piece, called Things We’ve Forgotten, in response to the Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts’ current exhibition Monument: Aftermath of War and Conflict.

Part of the exhibition is housed in the Undercroft, underneath the city’s memorial, and the Voice Project quintet sang to two full houses in the atmospheric location on Wednesday evening.

Singers Jonathan Baker, Sian Croose, Jeremy Avis, Rebecca Askew and Sianed Jones took part in the performance, and Jonathan Baker and Sianed Jones composed the music.

“It was derived from and very much inspired by the exhibits from the Sainsbury Centre’s Monument exhibition, and we had the audience moving around with us and standing among the exhibits,” said Mr Baker, who added that the work was also influenced by the Voice Project’s 2014 Norfolk and Norfolk Festival commission, Souvenir, that took place at Holkham Hall in north Norfolk in May.

About performing in the Undercroft, he said: “It’s a very unusual space. It is very unusual to be underneath a war memorial and it has its own resonance.”

• The Monument exhibition is at The Undercroft until August 3 and at the Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts until August 24.

Both parts of the exhibition are free and they are part of a series of inter-connected exhibitions of contemporary art in England and France.

The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts has just launched a new website which features more details. Visit http://scva.ac.uk/

• For more about the Norwich-based Voice Project visit www.voiceproject.co.uk

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