On August the 2nd, just as the sun sets, the Quays will be the scene of an extraordinary, one off outdoor performance marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War one.
HONOUR will feature stunning digital projections that will transform the buildings of MediaCityUK into giant screens, along with dance, innovative audio theatre and specially written music. And that’s where we come in….
We’re the Honour choir – a group of several hundred folk from all walks of life recruited from across the north west to perform a brand new piece of music written especially for the occasion. We met in a cavernous sports hall a couple of weeks ago for the first rehearsals – there was an air of excitement as the crowd swelled and we settled into our seats. Those of us who already knew choral director Jeff Borradaile’s style knew we were in for a lot of fun along the way, and sure enough everyone quickly relaxed as he had as up on our feet making silly noises (sorry, warming up).
But it was when we listened to a recording of Andy Smith’s amazing music that we knew we were in for something really special, and a huge round of applause for the composer broke out in the room. It’s both soaring and unsettling in equal measure, recreating the terror and chaos of the battlefield before developing into a moving, anthemic tribute to the tremendous sacrifices made by a generation – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
We’re incredibly proud to be a part of such an amazing event and the hard work is well under way. However it’s not too late to join us if you want to be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t read music, or if you only ever sing in the shower or your car – come along and be part of it. We’re particularly keen to hear from any gents out there who want to help us add a bit of oomph to the tenor and bass parts.
Find out more and sign up at http://honourchoir.wordpress.com/sign-up/
We’re also on Twitter @honourchoir and Facebook facebook.com/honourchoir
Honour is being organised by Quays Culture – find out more about them here http://quaysculture.com/