Voices that should be heard
Choral Song Cycle (50 mins)
SATB Choir, STB Solos, Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Tabla, Sitar, String Quartet, 2 Keyboards
Music by Bryan Kesselman         

                  

First performance:  26 March 2011,
Harrow High School, Harrow, Middlesex
 
Texts include
You are loosed from your moorings
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave
— Frederick Douglass
 
No Free Man
Magna Carta, Chapter 39
 
Swart Smekyd Smiths
Satire on the Blacksmiths
— Anonymous
 
Tangled Words
— Text: Bryan Kesselman
 
Alle Understonden English Tong
Speculum Vitae
— Attributed to William of Nassyngton

Traveller, Must You Go?
The Gardener
— Rabindranath Tagore
 
The Indian Serenade
— Percy Bysshe Shelley
 
Abou Ben Adhem
— Leigh Hunt
 
From the Rubaiyat of Omar Kkayyam
— Paraphrased by Edward J.FitzGerald
 
Shifting Sands
— Philip Barnett
 
from Tales of a Wayside Inn, The Theologian’s Tale, Elizabeth i & iv
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
 
Inferno, xxxiv, 93-94 & 133-139
— Dante Alighieri —Translated by Longfellow

Soloists at the first performance:
Nadine Benjamin (Soprano)
Jonathan Coad (Baritone)
Philip Barnett (Baritone)
Nigel Grant Rogers (Narrator)
 
Also members of The Amici Chamber Choir,
the
Tonic Choir and  past and present students
of Harrow High School.
 
Orchestra
Donna Chapman (Violin), Charles Beldom (Violin),
Robert Winquist (Viola), Robert Dent (Cello),
Jenny Bond (Flute), Tamara Beldom (Clarinet),
David Hulley (Percussion), Jenny Gould (Keyboard),
Chris Coote (Piano), Manohar Kambo (Tabla),
Vijay Jagtap (Sitar)
 
Conducted by Bryan Kesselman
 
THEMES
From Slavery to Freedom
Rights of the individual
Intolerance, Misunderstanding and Anti-Social Behaviour
A Sort of Understanding
Hospitality and Friendship
Fellowship
Regret for the Passing of Youth and the Passage of Time
Future
Onwards to the stars