A unique performance installation exploring powerful stories of voice loss and identity through surround-sound, audio-visual, and settings of three works from the Sound Voice Project, featuring Lucy Crowe and Roderick Williams.

Video designer Luke Halls and sound designer David Sheppard collaborate for the first time with composer Hannah Conway and writer Hazel Gould to create a gripping, surround-sound, audio-visual setting of three works from the Sound Voice Project; Paul, I Left My Voice Behind and Tanja.

Each work describes a deeply personal and distinct experience, the works together invite audiences to consider wider issues of voice and identity. By turns uplifting and heart-rending, the installation is a celebration of the beauty and value of the human voice.

Words: Hazel Gould
Music: Hannah Conway
Video Design: Luke Halls
Sound Design: David Sheppard


Paul – aria for two singers

Paul was written after many hours of interviews and collaborative conversations with Paul Jameson, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2017. It invites audiences to understand what ‘voice’ means to Paul as he loses his speech through a ‘dual aria’ written for one character, yet sung by two performers: Paul Jameson (the real voice) and baritone Roderick Williams (Paul’s imagined voice).

Paul Jameson voice
Roderick Williams
baritone
Rakhi Singh
violin
Hannah Conway
piano


I Left My Voice Behind – tableau for two choirs and two cellos

I Left My Voice Behind was written in collaboration with people who have survived throat cancer, having had life-saving laryngectomy treatment to remove their voice box, and in partnership with healthcare professionals and a biomedical research team who are developing a ground-breaking implantable larynx. The piece is written for two choirs: the live choir (performed by members of Shout at Cancer who have had laryngectomies) and a second digital choir, constructed by digital voice synthesis company Cereproc, from recordings of Shout at Cancer performers pre-cancer, before their voice boxes had been

removed. The choirs are joined by solo cello, with an electronic cello counterpart mirroring the duet between live and digital choirs and collectively exploring renewal, transformation, and the birth of new vocal identities.

Shout at Cancer Choir
Pug Halliday
Electrospit
Nick Trygstad
cello


Tanja - trio for video and two singers

In 2020, Tanja Bage was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer growing behind her vocal cords. One week after diagnosis, her voice box was removed. In this duet with soprano Lucy Crowe, Tanja explores fears of how losing her voice might change and limit her ability to be a ‘good’ mother, the stigmas attached to being a woman with a laryngectomy, and how, a year into her recovery, she continues to express her identity using her new voice.

Tanja Bage voice
Lucy Crowe
soprano
Hannah Conway
piano
Marianne Haynes violin
Nick Trygstad
cello

The three works are experienced consecutively as a 25-minute performance installation.

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