We’re so pleased to share our “Lost Voices” video with you!
Earlier this year, Sirens was awarded a grant from the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts (PEICA) as part of the PEI 2014 Sesquicentennial Public Art Collection. We commissioned Island composer Dr. Richard Covey to compose a new choral work, “Lost Voices”, that explores the 1864 Charlottetown Conference from the perspective of the women who were present. With text from the diaries of Margaret Lord Gray, Dr. Covey created a piece of rich layers, contrasting melodies, and movement.
Following our premiere performance on April 28, we went into recording mode. As part of our project, the PEICA supported our efforts to capture a video of the commission. Recording the video was a two part process: first, we were to capture the audio recording and secondly, we shot a video. And now the final product is online!
A big thank you goes out to Trevor Campbell for recording our audio, Brian Sharp and Ghislaine O’Hanley for filming the video, Dr. Covey for composing a gorgeous piece of music, and of course, the PEICA for helping to bring our commission to fruition!
Much choral love all around – enjoy!
On Sunday, April 28 Sirens delivered a concert for the memory books – we performed our first-ever commission! Singing Dr. Richard Covey’s work, Lost Voices, was certainly a special moment for the ladies of Sirens. It was carefully crafted, well suited for our ensemble, and captured the spirit of this sesquicentennial year from the perspective of an all-women’s ensemble.
The entire Canadian Soundscapes program was a celebration of our nation. We were very pleased to celebrate with such a receptive audience. Thank you!
Along with our audience members, we’d like to say:
- Thank you to Zion Presbyterian Church for hosting Canadian Soundscapes
- Thank you to Trinity United Church for its continued support and the use of their sanctuary for rehearsals;
- Thank you to the PEI Council of the Arts and PEI 2014 for the financial support of the world premiere of Lost Voices;
- Thank you to Dr. Richard Covey for undertaking our commission project and creating a truly captivating piece;
- Thank you to our poetry reader Heather Séguin;
- Thank you to our go-to percussionist Branden Kelly;
- Thank you to Alana Reddin for her beautiful graphic design work;
- Thank you to our concert manager Paige Matthie and front of house volunteers Troy Martin, Sean McIntyre, and Kate Thompson;
- Thank you to Trevor Campbell for recording our concert
- Thank you to Donald Patriquin for providing scores used within our performance;
- Thank you to Green Eye Designs on Victoria Row for the beautiful scarves worn by Sirens;
- Thank you to our “Ice People”: Leith Chu, Parker Clements, Nicole Dupuis, Linda Gaudet, Lindsay Gillis, Nadine Haddad, Branden Kelly, Sean MacIntyre, Melissa MacKenzie, Troy Martin, Emily Roberts, Clare Waddell, and Sophia Wong