The Voice Project Choir's Antony Gormley event at Houghton Hall

The groundbreaking choir have announced the ambitious The Lie of The Land, finding find the community based, open access ensemble create a promenade choral theatre show around Antony Gormley’s breath-taking installation Time Horizon

About this event

Starts: Saturday 13 July 2024 8:00 PM

Ends: Sunday 14 July 2024 9:00 PM

At: Houghton Hall, Bircham Rd, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6TY

Organised by: The Voice Project

Groundbreaking choir perform in and around Antony Gormley’s major exhibition at Houghton Hall

The groundbreaking Voice Project Choir have announced their ambitious new event The Lie of The Land. This will find the massed voices of the community based, open access ensemble create a promenade choral theatre show around Antony Gormley’s breath-taking installation Time Horizon at Houghton Hall on 13 and 14 July.

The Lie of the Land will feature original music by Jonathan Baker, Sian Croose and Orlando Gough inspired by, and responding to Gormley's extraordinary work. Some of the words for the piece are taken from the Daisy Hildyard essay that accompanies the exhibition describing the journey of the Houghton landscape from its creation and evolution in the Ice age to its occupation by humans, to the building of the Hall and the themes of Time Horizon itself. It details the relationship of the human body to landscape, past, present and future.

Alongside the choir will be Voice Project soloists, Jeremy Avis, Lisa Cassidy, Sharon Durant and instrumentalist Adrian Lever. 

This is the first time that Time Horizon, featuring 100 life-size sculptures, has been staged in the UK. Each sculpture weighs 620kg and has an average height of 191cm. They are installed at the same level to create a single horizontal plane across the landscape. Some figures are mostly or partially buried, allowing only a part of the head to be visible, while others are buried to the chest or knees according to the topography. Only occasionally do they stand on the existing surface. Around a quarter of the works are placed on concrete columns that vary from a few centimetres high to rising four meters off the ground.

Voice Project Co-director Sian Croose said 'Antony Gormley refers to Time Horizon as ‘a field’ and in a similar way the choir is a field. In a way we are one ‘instrument’ rather than individuals when we sing as part of a choir. We will create a piece that uses the stillness of the sculptures and the movement of the singers, playing with the networks and patterns we can create with music, and over 100 breathing, moving bodies.’  

Fellow Co-director Jonathan Baker added ‘It’s very exciting to be returning to Houghton Hall and interact with Antony Gormley’s inspiring installation in the landscape. It invites reflection on deep time and the changes that have happened to the land in history, subjects that we are keen to explore in music’.

Composer Orlando Gough said 'We are deeply privileged to be creating an event which interacts with the extraordinarily beautiful parkland of Houghton Hall, its vibrant wildlife, and Antony Gormley’s powerful, thought-provoking installation Time Horizon. What a wonderful opportunity: over a hundred people singing in a landscape, mulling over questions of evolution, of nature and control, of history and nostalgia. What will the deer think?'

Although principally Norfolk based, a parallel Voice Project Choir has been established in Sussex following successes at the Brighton Festival and singers from this group as, well as online participants from around the UK, Spain and Ireland will join them for the final rehearsals and performances.

The Voice Project was formed in 2008 to create ambitious, uplifting and innovative performances pieces for large scale open access community choirs. Working with brilliant creative artists and professional performers, each project is inspired by a big idea, an inspiring venue or the work of an outstanding artist, and this year’s Voice Project has all three ingredients!

The choir is part of the wider Voice Project organisation, a music education charity that runs projects and throughout the year. These include workshops in a whole range of vocal styles, traditions and approaches, daily warm up sessions and courses in spoken voice and music and mindfulness and well as offering training for professional arts facilitators and performers. 

Further information and ticket bookings at www.voiceproject.co.uk 

Listings info

Saturday 13 July 8pm, Sunday 14 July 6pm and 8pm The Voice Project Choir perform The Lie of the Land

Houghton Hall, Bircham Rd, King's Lynn PE31 6TY

£18-£22 Ticket bookings at www.voiceproject.co.uk

A limited number of £5 bursary tickets are available - please contact info@voiceproject to book one of these

Header Image Credit: JMA Photography

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