This new song cycle will be recorded at Birmingham City University by Katie Ann Dolling in June. The song cycle is an Arts Council commission. The lyrics and story are by the writer Ian Billings and the cycle will be arranged and musically directed by Will Henshall. Children from schools in the West Midlands area have contributed ideas for the cycle based on a series of paintings they were shown by Ian from Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

 

THE STORY

 

A woman wanders around an art gallery and stops and contemplates six abstract paintings.

In her mind’s eye she brings to life images she sees in each painting that become entwined with her own backstory leading to a surprising revelation.

 

THE SONGS

 

1a. Flamingo

1b. The Moon

2. Monster

3. The Boy

4. Rainbow Town

5. Lullaby

6. Gone

   a. Were You There?

   b. Did It Start With The Art?

   c. Coda

 

 

SONG CYCLE  

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A New Song Cycle

WERE YOU REALLY THERE?