This concert in June featured four new songs from composers commissioned by the London Sinfonietta setting texts created when poets were embedded by Poet in the City in different communities to create new stories about people’s lives. The new songs explore regional identity and the impact of the pandemic.
In a performance that mixes the new songs with live readings of new poetry, the evening (presented by Zoë Martlew) was a chance to reflect on what unites and connects us, from the joys of local dialects, and experiences of isolation and the myth of the outside world, to anticipating motherhood in a pandemic.
Larry Goves Gennel/Ginnel/Guinnel and Love (words by Kayo Chingonyi)
Kerry Andrew dhonnobad (words by Nazneen Ahmed)
Robert Mitchell Purgatory/Song Of The Rejuvenate (words by Fathima Zahra)
Gavin Higgins Kin (words by Joe Kriss)
Camille Maalawy mezzo soprano
Gerry Cornelius conductor
A London Sinfonietta promotion in association with Poet in the City
With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
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Published: 23 Jun 2021