Hear Our Voice (2006)

For Soprano, Young People’s Voices and Chamber Orchestra   70 minutes

The music of Hear Our Voice sets a libretto compiled from extracts of poems, diaries and letters written by children living through the Holocaust, many of whom did not survive. It was composed through an extensive music education project in which over 400 children drew on their own emotional and artistic responses to the writings to explore ways of setting them to music. The final piece is set in three languages and was performed by students from London, Prague and Nürnberg in all three cities.

Music by Jonathan Dove and Matthew King written with young people as part of the Hear Our Voice Project, arranged and orchestrated by Matthew King

Libretto by Tertia Sefton-Green, compiled from writing by children of the Holocaust

Commissioned by Hackney Music Development Trust, funded by a generous grant from Culture 2000 and the PRS for Music Foundation

First performance: 15th July 2006, Bloomsbury Theatre, London.

Instrumentation

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