10am warm up
10.30am – 12.30pm workshop
Mostly wordless, Harmonium is an experiment in vocal sound, created by layering voices using interlocking rhythms and harmonies. Harmonium 1 was written by Sian Croose for Vocal Invention 2009, Sian and Su Hart are now working together on this project, each writing pieces for women’s voices – influenced by music as diverse as Meredith Monk and Baka women’s rainforest singing. The aim of the workshop is to offer participants an opportunity to experience this kind of singing in the round – where the parts make the whole. For experienced female singers.
Sian Croose has been working with voices for over thirty years. She has directed choirs and ensembles, worked internationally as a workshop leader and has conducted premiere performances of new choral works by numerous composers including Andy Shepherd, Barbara Thompson and Jon Hassell. As co – director of The Voice Project alongside composer Jon Baker, she directs site- specific choral pieces with hundreds of singers in a whole range of inspiring settings, and has created Harmonium, a sound piece for 12 women’s voices for Vocal Invention 2016.
Su Hart, singer, vocal leader and song writer has been working internationally for 25 years. Her inspiration comes from many years of singing and study of Baka women’s vocal techniques , in the rainforests of Cameroon. Su leads 4 choirs in the West of England and London and in currently composing for women’s voices with Sian.