CD released: 8 December 2017
Digital release / US physical release: 19 January 2018
Cheryl FRANCES-HOAD (1980-)
Even You Song
Lucy SHEERMAN words
Bettina FURNÉE Digital Projections & CD design
Peterborough Cathedral Choir
& schoolchildren from St. Augustine’s CE (VA) Junior School, Bishop Creighton Academy, West Town Primary Academy & William Law CE Primary School.
Steven Grahl director
David Humphreys Organ
Recorded at Peterborough Cathedral, UK
Produced by Jonathan Lee
Engineered by Ben Trenchard
The world premiere of ‘Even You Song’ took place at Peterborough Cathedral on 16 February 2017 at 6.30pm following the re-pitching of its organ from ‘Old Philharmonic’ to ‘Standard’ concert pitch.
As part of their residency at Metal Peterborough artist Bettina Furnée and writer Lucy Sheerman created a choral work based on candid responses from a series of interviews with twelve Peterborough couples about a potential trip to the moon. Excised, edited and rearranged, these form the basis of a new libretto, which reflects the format of Evensong. The words of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis remain unchanged. The work incorporates digital projections of domestic interiors, captured during the interviews.
Spotify Classical New Release Pick (playlist)
“…as a record of a unique occasion, and for Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s music, this CD was undoubtedly worth making.”[BBC Music Mag, ****]
“The assembled choirs all acquit themsleves with honour under the leadership of Steven Grahl.” [Choir & Organ ****]