About Voices of Power

Youth Choir

Hilary Summers contralto
Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir
Philharmonia Orchestra
Samuel Hudson conductor

Judith Weir All the ends of the earth 12'
Sarah Kirkland
Snider If you bring forth what is within 18' (UK premiere)
Cessate tympana, cessate praelia 6'
Luke Styles
Voices of Power (festival co-commission, premiere) 40'

‘When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful’ – Malala Yousafzai

The Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir premieres an exciting new commission by Luke Styles. What is the power of the voice, and how has it changed over time? In this new cantata, composer Luke Styles and writer Jessica Walker explore the shifting sands of power, from the Empress of the Iceni tribe to Hillary Clinton, via Catherine the Great and Eleanor Roosevelt, through the extraordinary vocal and physical presence of contralto Hilary Summers. The first half of the programme includes a beautiful piece by Maria Peruchona, a nun and composer in seventeenth-century Italy and a forgotten voice of this earlier time. There is also a UK premiere from innovative American composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, whose fusing of indie rock and classical chamber music has led critics to praise her music as part of the burgeoning indie-classical movement.

Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir supported by Fr Michael Thomas

Voices of Power supported by the Three Choirs Commissioning Circle

Find out more

Catherine Lewen interviews Luke Styles & Jessica Walker, you can find the full interview on our YouTube Channel.