Norwich choir heading for Blythburgh
A renowned choir with strong Waveney and Blyth connections is coming to Blythburgh church in July. The Norwich-based Voice Project choir will be performing one of the two choral works that it committed to film during the pandemic.
Tickets are now on sale for this 2 July Voice Project choir performance at Blythburgh church – two shows, 6pm and 8pm (book at www.voiceproject.co.uk).
There is history here. Ten years ago, Waveney & Blyth Arts commissioned Translated by Reeds, a choral celebration of the Waveney, with a libretto by Joanna Guthrie and music by Karen Wimhurst. Sian Croose, one of the directors of the Voice Project, conducted the choir, which was drawn from Norwich as well as our valleys. Translated by Reeds was performed at the Halesworth Cut, Diss Corn Hall and St Nicholas Minster in Great Yarmouth.
Since then, the Voice Project choir, a regular performer in and around Norwich for 14 years, has sung in Blythburgh church and more recently in Bungay at St Mary’s church.
During the pandemic the choir operated online (rather as the choir had to for WBA’s production of Spell Songs in the Green last year). That resulted in two excellent Voice Project films – Arc of the Sky and The Distance Between Us (both now on voiceproject.co.uk).
Arc of the Sky was inspired by Blythburgh church, and but for covid would have been performed there. Now the choir is able to move offline, the work will be performed at the church on 2 July, with the backing of WBA. Rehearsals start in April, at the Friends Meeting House in Norwich. There are usually a few choir members from our patch, and if you’re interested there are details on voiceproject.co.uk.
If Arc of the Sky has inspired you, submit your entry for our competition. A poem, short prose, a drawing or a painting – anything you can email us to firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition is open to everyone and the closing date is 30 June 2022. For further details go to Arc of the Sky: Competition – Waveney & Blyth Arts (waveneyandblytharts.com)