Composer, arranger and countertenor Jonathan Darbourne will launch a new choir this autumn, which aims to spread the message of environmentalism through music.
Entitled Nature’s Voice, the choir will combine music making with impassioned commentary from experts in the field of conservation and ecology. Singers will include Esther Mallett, Amy Wood, Alexander Chance, Jonathan Darbourne, Bradley Smith, Guy Cutting, Christopher Webb and Ben McKee.
Speaking about the new choir, Darbourne comments: “I have become increasingly aware of environmental issues in the past few years, and music has always been at the centre of my life. When I finished my studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, I wanted to create a choir of musical distinction that served a purpose. Music has this incredible power to inspire the listener and communicate a message, so using this to raise awareness of environmental issues felt like a natural fit. Earlier this year, I reached out to some of the exceptional singers I have worked with over the years, and was delighted to discover that they shared my vision. With all environmental issues, the time to act is now, and we hope that by launching this new choir, we are able to do our small part.”
The choir’s debut performance, which opens Temple Music’s autumn season, will take place at Temple Church, London on Thursday 3 October. The choir presents a diverse programme of songs inspired by nature, ranging from Britten to Billie Holiday and the Beach Boys, intertwined with commentary from distinguished environmental law barrister James Cameron. Composer and Producer Dan Samsa will create a spatial soundscape in the glorious acoustic of Temple Church, using a 360-degree installation to emulate the sounds of nature.
Darbourne comments: “Many of our singers are current or past members of Temple Singers, so Temple Church feels very much like home to many of us. We’re thrilled to be able to offer our first performance in this remarkable and historic venue.”