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A Sound Voice

Artists: Hannah Conway, Hazel Gould

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, Snape Maltings Creative Campus welcomes composer Hannah Conway and writer Hazel Gould for an Enquiry Residency exploring how the voice is connected to identity, memory and societal perception. A Sound Voice will bring 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.

An Open Session will include live performance and a Q & A with the creative team and participants. 

Hannah and Hazel will be joined by multi-talented experts from partners including:

Hannah Conway – Composer

Always at the heart of Hannah’s compositional process is intense collaboration and musical input from diverse communities. Recent works includeDare To Dream for 2000 performers (Royal Albert Hall 2019), A Tale of Two Dragons (BBC Singers 2019), A Young Known Voice (Academy of Ancient Music/Barbican Hall 2018), The Freedom Game (Royal Albert Hall, 2015), Towards Another World (English National Opera and V&A museum 2017). 

Hannah has been commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Proms broadcast on BBC Radio 4 XTRA, Garsington Opera and the Royal Opera House. She has led projects for opera houses/orchestras in eighteen different countries, composed opera in 12 different languagesInternational collaborations include: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Opera de Dijon, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Royal Danish Opera. 

Hazel Gould – Librettist

Hazel is a writer, director and workshop leader who specialises in the creation of new opera. At the core of all of Hazel’s work is her belief that art has the power to change and enhance lives. Her work as a librettist and director is based on collaborative practice, and she creates work both with and for a diverse range of professional and non-professional artists and participants.