Magazine article Gramophone

In Celebration of Music for the Voice

Magazine article Gramophone

In Celebration of Music for the Voice

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Christmas music means, for most, choral music. So I make no apology that we've focused so heavily on the voice in this issue, though via a variety of angles as you'll discover, from Truro to Japan.

There's something deeply and emotionally direct about music for the voice--not least as it's something we can all join in with. That's not to take anything away from the immense skill of the professionals or the complexity of their repertoire, but all of us can stand in the pews and throw our voices into carols--with, if we're lucky, a skilled choir enriching our efforts with harmonies and a soaring descant. You can experience choral music all year, of course, and I'd urge you to do so--Christmas is but a part of a year-long cycle of musical liturgical tradition maintained by cathedral and church choirs. At a time when the critical spotlight is focused on the national spread of UK government arts funding--a recent report revealed that 69 [pounds sterling] per person goes to London organisations, and just 4.58 [pounds sterling] outside it, something that I believe needs serious reconsideration--it's worth noting that the historic development of pre-industrial Britain left our great choral institutions truly evenly spread. …

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