The changing of the seasons inspires Norwich choir’s musical spectacle

The Voice Project at the Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts. Photo: JMA Photography.

The Voice Project at the Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts. Photo: JMA Photography. - Credit: JMA Photography

The changing of the seasons is the theme of the latest musical work from Norwich-based vocal group The Voice Project.

The Voice Project. Photo: supplied.

The Voice Project. Photo: supplied. - Credit: supplied

More than 150 singers are set to take to the stage of Norwich's historic St Andrew's Hall on Saturday with the new performance.

Called Red Shift, the choral spectacle will mark the turning of the year by exploring themes of dark and light and hibernation and awakening. It aims to take audiences on a musical journey from the dark of winter to the promise of spring, and from the dark of the night sky to a luminous sunrise.

The Voice Project, which was started in 2008, has become well known in recent years for its innovative performances in a variety of locations, ranging from Norwich Cathedral to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts to Holkham Hall.

Co-director Sian Croose said the group was looking forward to returning to St Andrew's Hall because this was where The Voice Project presented its very first performance.

She said: 'The huge choir is sounding great and, with the lighting that our resident designer Tim Tracey is installing, we are planning to create an experience for the audience that is truly inspiring and uplifting.'

The music for Red Shift has been written especially for the show by Helen Chadwick, Orlando Gough, Karen Wimhurst and The Voice Project's co-director Jonathan Baker, and it is inspired by the words of Coleridge, Tennyson, Julian of Norwich and contemporary poet George Szirtes.

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Joining The Voice Project open access choir on stage tonight will be guest musicians and solo singers including flautist Rowland Sutherland, soprano Lisa Cassidy, and percussionist Donna-Maria Landowski.

The Voice Project - a regular at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival - has twice won the EDP People's Choice Award at the Norfolk Arts Awards.

The Voice Project Choir, conducted by Sian Croose, will perform Red Shift on Saturday at St Andrew's Hall in Norwich at 6pm and 8pm. Tickets £14.50 (concessions £9.50, under 12s £5). For more information, visit www.voiceproject.co.uk

Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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