The Unusual Silence will first echo within The Sanctuary of the Auckland War Memorial Museum in remembrance of WWI. Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir is proud to premiere a newly commissioned work by New Zealand composer Victoria Kelly.
Inspired by the museum’s collection of war artifacts, including letters from New Zealand soldiers, Victoria Kelly writes of the musical concept for this work, The Unusual Silence, “This piece will explore silence and the transience of sound; the silence that descends when battles stop; the unspoken relief, hope and desolation that is left resonating in the spaces between bursts of sound;
The soldiers left deafened by noise and events too great for their bodies to withstand; the silence that so many soldiers maintained when they came home, the echoes of battle ringing only within; the effect of time on sound; the way that sound exists in memory and in dreams, ﬁltered and altered by the unique human landscape of the people whose memories they are.”
Other works in this contemplative, rich and moving programme include Chatman’s In Flanders Fields, Avo Pärt’s Da Pacem and Messiaen’s O Scrum convivium.
The Unusual Silence will also tour to Hawke's Bay and feature local boys choirs for both concerts.
These concerts and the Victoria Kelly commissioned work are presented in partnership with the Auckland War Memorial Museum and Toronto Children’s Chorus.
The Unusual Silence is planned to be performed in Toronto, Canada, at the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in 2018.
Conductor: Dr Karen Grylls
Presented by: Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
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