NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

The Unusual Silence choral work

Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir is proud to premiere a newly commissioned work by New Zealand composer Victoria Kelly, in Auckland and Napier in September and October 2017.

The Unusual Silence will first echo within The Sanctuary of the Auckland War Memorial Museum in remembrance of WWI. Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir is proud to premiere a newly commissioned work by New Zealand composer Victoria Kelly.

Inspired by the museum’s collection of War artifacts, including letters from New Zealand soldiers, Victoria Kelly writes of the musical concept for this work, The Unusual Silence, “This piece will explore silence and the transience of sound; the silence that descends when battles stop; the unspoken relief, hope and desolation that is left resonating in the spaces between bursts of sound;

The soldiers left deafened by noise and events too great for their bodies to withstand; the silence that so many soldiers maintained when they came home, the echoes of battle ringing only within; the effect of time on sound; the way that sound exists in memory and in dreams, filtered and altered by the unique human landscape of the people whose memories they are.”

Performance dates

This activity is being worked on from
2016
 to 
1 October 2017
Date added: 10 April 2017 | Last updated: 11 April 2017

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