Sound Voice

Artists: Dr Thomas Moors, Hannah Conway, Katherine Wilde

Series: Enquiries

Ideas explored: developing new work, music for health and wellbeing, music influenced by science

Why is singing a human right? Why do unique sounding voices matter? What is the intrinsic value of a human voice?


In June 2020, Britten Pears Arts were due to welcome composer Hannah Conway and writer Hazel Gould for an Enquiry Residency to explore how the voice is connected to identity, memory and societal perception. Unfortunately due to circumstances out of everybody’s control, their time at Snape Maltings had to be postponed. 

Sound Voice brings together people with lived experience of voice loss and world class artists, academics, technology and medical experts, contributing to a UK-wide cross-sector research and development project. Members of Shout at Cancer’s larygectomy choir will access cutting edge technology to support the generation of original artistic material for a new opera about permanent voice loss.

Hannah, Katherine Wilde, and Dr Thomas Moors will reconvene in November 2020, to work with Britten Pears Arts in order to develop various aspects of the project.

A Sound Voice is working with a number of multi-talented experts from partners including:

Hannah Conway 

Hannah established Sound Voice’s inaugural project in 2019, bringing Thomas Moors and Katherine Wilde on board as co-founders. She is internationally recognised for her work with leading opera houses, orchestras and arts organisations, with 22 years of expertise as composer, presenter and artistic director working in eighteen countries. At the heart of her work is intense collaboration with diverse communities, including works for the BBC Singers, London Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne Opera, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and English National Opera. Dare To Dream (2019 ) and The Freedom Game (2015) both premiered at the Royal Albert Hall and Beautiful World (2016) won the Education Middle East prize. She is Artistic Director of Streetwise Opera, and has presented for BBC Radio 3.

Katherine Wilde

Katherine brings a wealth of expertise to Sound Voice as a producer, strategic thinker and artistic programmer to create innovative multi-disciplinary work. Born in the North West, she has over 15 years of experience as a specialist producer making new work in collaboration with communities and young people. She has produced work for English National Opera (Mask of OrpheusOrpheus and EurydiceDido in collaboration with the Unicorn Theatre), and site-specific performance for the ENO Baylis learning programme (Towards Another World with the V&A Museum; Millions of Years with the British Museum). She has worked as an Assistant Director with ENO, WNO, Opera North and Garsington Opera. She co-founded music-theatre company Re:Sound, was a Future Fire at Manchester’s Contact theatre, and trained as a music teacher with Teach First.

Dr Thomas Moors

Thomas Moors is a Belgian medical doctor, based in London, with a special interest in voice and the integration of art into healthcare. Renowned for his ‘out of the box’ approach and creative flair, he develops Sound Voice’s professional networks internationally across research, medicine, healthcare and the arts. In 2015 he founded Shout at Cancer, the only charity in the world specialising in speech recovery and social reintegration after laryngectomy, the surgical removal of the voice box. He received the Points of Light Award from the British Prime Minister in 2017 for his charitable work and achievements. His mission is to bring positive attention towards small and scattered groups, that have been relatively overlooked in research and our society before.