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Lost & Found

6th of December 2014 - City Hall Norwich

Lost and found was a new piece created by The Voice Project animating Norwich's City Hall with the sound of over 100 voices – Lost & Found was the third part of 2014's trilogy, exploring the themes of memory and imagination.

Lost & Found

City Voices on a Winter’s Night

The Voice Project Choir
directed by Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker

Human Music

Sharon Durant – soprano
Helen Chadwick - soprano
Katherine Zeserson – alto
Sian Croose - alto
Jeremy Avis – tenor
Dave Camlin – bass
Jonathan Baker - bass

Conducted by Sian Croose

Simon Floyd - chief usher
Adrian Lever – piano
Bill Vine - sound design
Tim Tracey - lighting design
Pip Cotterell – lighting
Alex Lingford - production co-ordinator

Hannah Wallis, Laurence Daykin, Nathan Clarke, Simon Moss - production assistants

Iain Lowery, Nell Croose Myhill, Milly Hirst, Phoebe O’Donnell, Marian and Paul Fox - front of house & box office

Costume advice: Karen Reilly and Joan Sayer

Publicity - Steve Forster for SFP Communications

Voice Project Coordinator - Iain Lowery

Thanks to Norwich City Council
Helen Selleck, Eamonn Pellican, Wayne Hurn, Robert Sabberton and David Newson (superintendents)
Struan Leslie, Amanda Harrold, Kate Isotta, Fran Flower, Claire Walding, Jane Olivier, Steve Carroll,
Fiona Garner

Early One Morning (words: Esther Morgan/music: Jonathan Baker)
Riding the Elevator Into the Sky (words: Anne Sexton/music: Jonathan Baker)
Doors open (words & music: Helen Chadwick)
Reversion (words: Esther Morgan/music: Jonathan Baker)
Bring Us Back (words: Tom Warner/music: Karen Wimhurst)
Crooked Line (Dave Camlin)
The Norwich Patriotic Society Manifesto (music: Orlando Gough)
Everyone Sang (words: Siegfried Sassoon/Music: Helen Chadwick)
Frozen Music (words: George Szirtes/music: Jonathan Baker)

Lost and Found
The Voice Project Choir, Norwich City Hall

Review published in the Eastern Daily Press, 8 December 2014

Norwich’s fine City Hall has seen many dramas in its time, but nothing like the exhilarating range of emotions stirred by the Voice Project’s latest.

Lost and Found was ambitious, mainly set in the 1930s, in which the 150-strong audience were led on a promenade through committee rooms and the magnificent council chamber to experience their ‘memories and imagination’ concept.

Music was frequently minimalist, with repeated motifs such as ‘you, me, are already ghosts’ and sung, whispered and chanted by this aptly costumed, versatile choir led by co-directors Jonathan Baker and the inspirational conductor, Sian Croose.

It uplifted the spirits, soaring and echoing through acoustically perfect spaces, before moving into introspective, spooky, surreal, flashbacks of grim past days. One sequence was based on the 1795 Norwich Patriotic Society Manifesto, ‘we believe that the great end of civil society is happiness.’

Collective voices from the past cried out to us today, warning, urging as we build our futures. It will stay in the heart and mind for a long time, which is where a first-class theatrical ensemble’s great work should live.

 

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