THE HEALING POWER OF SINGING WITH NORBERT HERMANNS - 10TH JAN
On Sunday 10th January we were delighted to invite Norbert Hermanns from the Singing Hospitals initiative to talk with us about the Healing Power of Singing.
As well as being a professional singer Norbert works as a music therapist. In this workshop he explored the interactions between the body, soul and music and how we can use this to activate our self-healing powers.
WHAT DOES CHRISTMAS MEAN TO YOU - 24TH DEC
Here is our festive video! It's packed full of your photos and drawings of what Christmas means to you. Thank you so much for sharing these with us.
Our chosen Christmas track is Ave Maria by Helen Ostafew recorded for our album "Peaceful Choir".
ALBUM RELEASE - PEACEFUL CHOIR - 4TH SEP
OUR ALBUM IS NOW OUT!!! “Peaceful Choir”, a SONY CLASSICAL release with 19 inspiring compositions showcasing the diverse and colourful sounds of contemporary choral music.
Featuring Artists: Lavinia Meijer, Gereon Theis, Esther Abrami, Maarja Nuut, Tim Alhoff
Composers: Hans Zimmer, Max Richter, Eric Whitacre, Karl Jenkins, John Rutter, Hauschka, Ola Gjeilo, Dan Forrest, Elaine Hagenberg, David Reichelt, Helen Ostafew, Jake Runestad and many more
TO LOOK FOR OWLS - ELLIS LUDWIG-LEONE
We’re pleased to share this commissioned work 'To Look for Owls' by Brooklyn-based composer, songwriter and
mastermind Ellis Ludwig-Leone.
The composition translates a romantic scene into a meditative and atmospheric sound painting and was recorded by harpist Lavinia Meijer, cellist Gereon Theis and two voices - Helen Ostafew (soprano) and Teele Utt (alto) who call out under a quiet night sky.
THREADS - MAARJA NUUT
We’re delighted to share a world premiere release from Estonian Sony Artist Maarja Nuut. This work was specially commisioned for our album and on it she accompanies the choir on violin with resounding calmness. Soloist Aleksandra Nygaard Djordjevics' deep mezzo tones complete this very laid-back and poetic work.
FIFTEEN MILLION ACRES - HAUSCHKA
This new composition depicts the recent devastating forest fires in Australia. It features harpist Lavinia Meijer, violinist Esther Abrami, pianist Tim Allhoff and cellist Gereon Theis.
In Hauschka's words "The work evolved during the devastating bush fires in Australia at the end of 2019, it deals with mourning at a time of disaster […]. The piece is dedicated to all those who have suffered loss […]. ”
SERENITY (O Magnum Mysterium) - OLA GJEILO
French violinist Esther Abrami is featured in this ethereal piece, soaring with the choir. Her playing is sublime and she blends effortlessly with the singers.
THE SEAL LULLABY - ERIC WHITACRE
This beautiful and popular work by Eric Whitacre has been brought to life with the magical harp playing from Lavinia Meijer.
DREAM 1, PART 1 - MAX RICHTER
Here is our second single by German born UK composer Max Richter. It's adapted for choir, and is truly meditative.
WANDERING SOUL - DAVID REICHELT
This is our first released single from our Sony Classical album Peaceful Choir. It is a beautiful adaption of Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 1 created by German film composer David Reichelt.
"HERE IS OUR MESSAGE OF HOPE TO THE WORLD. Singers from 28 countries singing and sharing their messages of hope for the future of our world in their own languages."
Choir Artistic Director: Nicol Matt
I HOPE Music by Kim André Arnesen | Words by Charles Anthony Silvestri
Performed by World Choir for Peace & Hannover Chamber
"This is what the world really needs right now. We need positivity and we need energy to unite.... Doing this through the universal language of music is the best thing to do"
Elizabeth Parsons (Soprano)
Recording John Rutter's THE MUSIC'S ALWAYS THERE WITH YOU at Tonstudio Tessmar Studio, Hannover. This song will be part of our first album "Peaceful Choir" in collaboration with Sony Classical artist Lavinia Meijers (harp).
A message from the WORLD CHOIR FOR PEACE: 'Look out for each other, stay safe and keep making music!"
Part of Karl Jenkin's HEALING LIGHT which we sang at the end of our recording session in March 2020 before returning to our own countries.
OUR FIRST PERFORMANCE WITH 2,000 SINGERS FROM 30 COUNTRIES
A unique performance of Sir Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace conducted by Jenkins himself at the 'Sing for Peace' concert held in Berlin in November to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. The concert brought together The World Orchestra for Peace and 2,000 singers from 30 countries, including seven choirs from Ireland. Programme presented by Caitlín Nic Aoidh.