The Jocelyn Pook Ensemble’s wide ranging repertoire features music from her album Untold Things, as well as selections from some of her film and television scores. Notoriously difficult to classify, these works contain a fusion of times and cultures – mixing strings and vocals from a classical tradition with medieval instruments, talking drums and found sounds (Yemenite chants, birdsong, children’s playground chatter). Jocelyn brings together singers from different backgrounds – mixing foreign languages with invented words as well as voices running backwards – to create an eclectic soundscape.
LIGC evolved from the award-winning London Youth Gospel Choir. They sing secular and spiritual music in a gospel style – rich in harmony and full of movement and expression. Their repertoire features music by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Whitney Houston, Kirk Franklin and Kurt Carr, along with songs from shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, and films including The Preacher’s Wife and of course Sister Act.
Jocelyn Pook Ensemble
London International Gospel Choir
Jocelyn Pook Ensemble are:
Jocelyn Pook composer/viola
Jonathan Peter Kenny conductor/countertenor
Melanie Pappenheim mezzo-soprano
Lore Lixenberg soprano
George Ikediashi soprano
Luiz De Campos tenor
Emma Smith violin
Preetha Narayanan violin
Richard Jones viola
Sophie Harris cello
Midori Jaeger cello
Megan Roberts trombone
Rory Cartmell trombone
Christian Barraclough trumpet
Shane Brennan trumpet
London International Gospel Choir are:
The London International Gospel Choir:
Naveen Arles leader
[New Music Biennial - Live Recording]
First commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation for Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014 and premiered at the Wigmore Hall, London this work extends the multi-award winning composer Jocelyn Pook’s interest in the experience of mental illness, which she explored in her ground-breaking 2012 work, Hearing Voices. Written in five movements, the Anxiety Fanfare is performed by the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble and the community singers of the London International Gospel Choir, led by Naveen Arles. The soloists are soprano Loré Lixenberg, mezzo-soprano Melanie Pappenheim, countertenor Jonathan Peter Kenny and bass George Ikediashi.
This piece is part of New Music Biennial 2017. For more information about the project and to download the New Music Biennial album, please visit our project page: http://www.nmcrec.co.uk/new-music-biennial-2017
Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voices is commissioned by The Mental Health Foundation.
Produced with the support of partners and funders:
The performance of Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voices was recorded by the BBC at Albermarle Music Centre, Hull on 2 July 2017 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 7 July 2017.