NEWS IN BRIEF:
Songs of Freedom
Judith was commissioned by Kolot HaLev Jewish choir in Maryland to compose a setting of Eshet Chayil for a concert due to happen in May. Because of Covid this was postponed, but Judith has worked remotely with the choir and they are now preparing a virtual recording of the second half of the piece to be premiered at a lecture on British Jewish music Judith is giving, alongside their conductor, Cantor Ramòn Tasat on May 23rd 2021.
In the three years since her mother’s death, Judith has written this play with songs, the story of a mother and daughter navigating their relationship through the mother’s later life and death, flashing back to earlier stories and experiences. On 28th February and 20th March, there were rehearsed readings of the play on Zoom. More performances are being planned and meanwhile, you can find two short videos of Judith talking about ‘Mum Thumb’ on her YouTube channel.
Front Room Concerts
On Thursday 24th September 2020, Judith performed her first ever solo live-streamed intimate concert with an eclectic range of songs hosted by this lovely group on Facebook. You’re warmly invited to enjoy the recording on Judith’s YouTube channel.
The Keep Connected Choir
With the unwelcome outbreak of Covid-19 has come the very welcome and heartening outbreak of online singing. Set up in March 2020, to help us stay connected during the time when we can’t meet and sing together in person, this is a warm, welcoming group, with members of the North Watford Community Choir and SOAS Choir that Judith led for many years, and a growing number of friends from far and near. You’re so welcome to join us, and geography is of course no object! All are invited, so please do come along to our Facebook Page or drop a message to the contact page to find out more.
Singing for the Mind
These supportive sessions for people with dementia and their carers have also now moved online and information about them can be found here. To gain more of an understanding of the group, you’re welcome to view this powerful and moving film of the group, which Judith was the original singing leader for and now co-leads. This film, called Memory Songs, was made by film director Lucy Kaye – a winner of a Pears Short Film Fund Award – and premiered in November 2016. It has been shown and received awards at a number of festivals. Lucy also very generously also made a promotional film, to give more information about the group and what we do.
SongLine Quarantine Choir/Singing Mamas
On Thursday 18th June, Judith, Cantor Zöe Jacobs and Mich Sampson, with some Companions from various groups, shared songs and reflections to raise awareness of CV and the work we do. The funds raised went towards creating some recordings for our website, http://www.companionvoices.com, so that despite not being able to visit people in person at this time, we can still bring some comfort through our singing and Companionship. The concert is still available to view from the link above (and donations are always very welcome!).
If you’re looking for lovely songs to learn or teach, have a look at this – a collection of songs taught over the last few years at Unicorn Voice Camp…
SONGLEADING AND PERFORMING
August 2019: Leading singing at the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace. An interfaith gathering of 1000 faith leaders. The singing is near the session starts – and please watch on to some of the amazing work done at the conference!
Plenary 1: Peace Be With You, J. Silver
Plenary 2: Live in Peace, H. Yeomans
Plenary 3: Walking on Sacred Ground, Nickomo
September 2019: Singing with Tom Morley, Joanna Foster, Ali Orbaum and Barbara Gelhorn at Sing for Water at The Scoop, London
Gaia: J. Foster
Price Tag: Jessie J, Dr. Luke, Claude Kelly and B.o.B
Imela: Fabulous African song, getting the audience to sing…
Gesher was selected for inclusion in a concert by the Zamir Chorale on 22nd March 2020 at the Lincoln Centre in New York. Though this was cancelled, the Choir did learn it and it’s only a matter of time til it gets shared in person. Meanwhile, a there’s a lovely version here sung by choirs in Ashkelon and Baltimore!
During 2020-21, like many of my dear friends and colleagues, I’ve been learning about some of the options for recording songs, and made this version of my new setting of the words from the end of Adon Olam: B’Yado/Into Your Hand.