The Voyage was written by Bob Chilcott, in conjunction with the poet Charles Bennett, to support the campaign. It was conceived as a project to bring young and old together to sing together and to highlight some of the challenges we each inevitably face in the journey through life. Throughout the work, the singers assume the role of narrator, guiding the listener on this journey, using nautical imagery. The outer movements provide a watery framework to the piece, featuring rippling figurations accompanying gentle waves and echoes in the choral parts.
There was a full supporting programme in the second half of the concert in which each of the groups performed on their own.
The concert was held in aid of Age UK Dacorum to support
the Campaign to end Loneliness.
Age UK has always sought to address the problem, but in recent
years it has contributed to the national campaign to help combat the issue,
particularly among the old, and to raise awareness of it among all ages. One of their projects that helps to bring people together is the friendship teas which are held monthly in residential schemes and care homes throughout the Borough. They regularly invite entertainers to these events, including local choirs.
We are very grateful to Dacorum Borough Council and others for
helping to cover the major costs of mounting the concert so that all
ticket money went to Age UK Dacorum.
Please read the end of project report for more details.
With Hammond Academy School Choir
Carols for Choirs and audience, Sections from Haydn’s Creation Mass