#choirsagainstracism is a project I've been working on for a while - free music to fight racism and help refugees. This is the best recording from it so far, I think.



The words for this piece are drawn from the collective memories of Kurdish refugee women, by Aine McAllister. Aine taught English through poetry in Grande Synthe, and in these words is the voice of the women she met there.

"In springtime in Kurdistan we
go to the mountain; there
are flowers, trees and figs"

The song is a joyful memory - but of a place that they may never see again, a place that they must now describe in a foreign language.

This recording is by the Reid Consort in Edinburgh, conducted by Cole Bendall; the recording was funded by the Hope Scott Trust and by Creative Scotland, and made in the Robin Chapel, Edinburgh.

This piece is released under a Creative Commons 4.0 License, and is available for SSAATTBB, or for SSSSAAAA, as part of the #choirsagainstracism project.

You can download the score at www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk/choirsagainstracism , and there is also a list of suggested organisations to donate to in support of refugees and anti-racism causes.

Words by Aine McAllister, based on the collective memories of refugee women in Grande Synthe refugee camp, France; copyright Aine McAllister, 2017, used with permission

Music © Chris Hutchings 2017; words © Aine McAllister 2017
Released under Creative Commons 4.0 non-commercial license
For any commercial use, please contact chris@hutchingsmusic.co.uk
hutchingsmusic.co.uk | twitter.com/hutchingsmusic | twitter.com/aine_mcallister
Okay, so hopefully I will start posting a bit more regularly, as blogging seems to have a new lease of life now.

Most of what I actually post is on Twitter at twitter.com/hutchingsmusic, which is an account mainly related to my composing (and also some raving lefty politics) - I also have a Facebook account, feel free to add me if we've actually met in real life.

I also have a website for my composing - www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk (if you want to see the actual dots) and you can hear all my recorded works at soundcloud.com/hutchingsmusic . Several more recordings will be added in late April, as I just had several pieces recorded by a group in Edinburgh.

The main thing I've been doing lately is called #choirsagainstracism - basically free music to help refugees, fight hatred and prejudice, and change hearts and minds. It varies from a very simple unison carol (let's see if I can make embedding work) which could be sung with piano or guitar accompaniment:



to a three-part setting of "No Man Is An Island" (for men's voices here, but also available for ladies' voices or mixed choir):



to a slightly nuts eight-part setting of words by Kurdish refugees, available for upper voices only (SSSSAAAA) or mixed choir (SSAATTBB): no recording yet but you can download the score, demo recordings and piano reduction at the #choirsagainstracism page.

So that's what I've been up to lately (and also currently doing social media and website stuff for the Scottish Human Rights Commission). How about you folks?
Hello Dreamwidth. Hopefully my Livejournal (previously randomchris) will import to here as well...
I felt I had to do something to combat racism, xenophobia and hatred in the UK. I write music. So here it is: #choirsagainstracism - free music at http://www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk/choirsagainstracism . Free to use to fight for equality, refugees' rights, political causes, staying in the EU, fundraising for anti-racist causes or to support people abroad who need it... if in doubt about whether it's OK to use this music, email me, hutchingsmusic@hotmail.com .

Thank you so, so much to Michael Rosen for giving me permission to use his text for the first piece, "I Was Listening..." for piano, singer(s) and optional speaking chorus or solo speaker.

The second piece is "No Man Is An Island", a John Donne setting for 3-part choir, fairly easy.

More to be added soon hopefully. It won't necessarily be all pieces by me.

All choirs are welcome to use these pieces to fight xenophobia, raise funds for refugees or against racism, pursue political causes, etc. If in doubt about whether it's appropriate, email me. (Non-profit causes only for now please, ask me before making recordings for sale.)

P.S. Please share with any choirs or singers you know.

(yes, I know hashtags are meaningless on Livejournal)

Londoning

Oct. 27th, 2014 10:09 am
I'm coming down to London for a premiere (a piece of mine won a competition): http://www.chigwellchoir.org/calendar.htm

I'll be around on 15th and 16th November (staying with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] the_lady_lily and Geoff). Would anyone like to meet up?

General plans:
option 1: dinner at the King William pub in Chigwell early evening on the 15th, with Liz and Geoff too hopefully
You'd also be welcome to come along to the concert after that, and indeed I hope many people will! And probably some drinks afterwards.

option 2: meet up on the 16th (my flight back from Stansted isn't until 8pm), either somewhere near Loughton for brunch-ish, or somewhere near Liverpool Street (which my train leaves from) for an early dinner.

If you'd like to be involved in any of these plans, let me know!
And a bit of good news I hadn't shared on here yet:

"Dear Chris,
Congratulations, you have won the Chigwell Choir composition competition! Judith and I loved your piece and thought the text was very creative. The prize is a performance and £400 cash.
You will be presented the award by composer Judith Bingham on the below date. You are welcome to attend the rehearsal on the day of the concert too - let me know.
You'll be contacted by the choir's admin team shortly to give more information.
Congrats again!
All best
Alex

concert:
Saturday, 15th November 2014, 7:30 pm
100 Years of Poppies
at the New Hall, Chigwell School, East London (Buckhurst Hill, nearest tube station)"

Would anyone London-based like to join me at the concert? I could probably arrange comp tickets for up to 2 people.

The text in question:
Read more... )
http://www.stgilescathedral.org.uk/worship/concertdiary/June2014.html

Concert at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, on Friday 20th June at 8pm - and it will feature "O Praise The Lord Ye Angels Of His" which the choir commissioned from me last year! This is for the launch of their new CD "O Clap Your Hands", music from 1914-2014. Tickets are £10 - let me know if you'd like me to keep one for you.
I've revised my website a bit, and split the "scores" section into several pages by category - you can now see a whole bunch of different things. Do people think this is more useful?



Any other categories you'd like to see?

Also, note to self: send scores for these (may be of interest to other composers also):
http://yalegleeclub.org/New_Music
http://wildrumpusmusic.org/commissioning-project/
http://riotensemble.com/call-for-scores/
My setting of "In The Bleak Midwinter" will be featured in these concerts:
http://www.chicagoacappella.org/concerts/event/holidays_a_cappella

(Score here and recording here if you're interested- the recording is of a rearrangement for SSABar but has most of the same notes.)

Does anyone have friends in Chicago who might be interested?


This is "The Water Cycle" performed by "AppleChor", a choir of elementary school children from Racine, Wisconsin, conducted by a lovely chap called Jack Senzig. Music by me! Words by Julia Laylander, an American poetess. The three of us have never met but we made this.

precipitation
Once I was a raindrop falling from the sky:
I trickled down a stream into a river rushing by.
The river full of raindrops washed me out to sea,
The currents took me round the world,then sunshine set me free:
It's called evaporation, and now I'm in a cloud,
A vapor soaring higher, and feeling very proud,
I'm floating in the troposphere, a lovely place to be:
If you were up this high as well, just think what you could see!
condensation
freezing
But oh! it's very cold up here, my molecules are freezing,
And soon I'll be a snowflake, and maybe I'll start sneezing!
But now I see a mountaintop: I think I'll float on down
And join the other snowflakes in their sparkly frozen town.
When it's springtime and I'm melting, and all my friends are, too,
We'll be flowing down the mountainside, in rivers old and new,
Heading for the ocean, but we'll stop along the way,
So all can have enough to drink, each and every day.
My name is always water, you can call me H2O:
I'm liquid, solid, vapor too, I'm flexible you know!
It's called the water cycle, all these changes I go through.
I do like being water, wouldn't you, wouldn't you?
I do like being water, wouldn't you?
precipitation, evaporation, condensation, freezing
PhD viva, this Thursday. Any advice from people who have survived it or are about to do so?
http://soundcloud.com/hutchingsmusic/requiem-live - full recording from last night, for those who couldn't make it! Almost an hour long - but it's in 14 short movements, so probably best to save it and dip in each time you have a spare 5 minutes. Comments definitely encouraged.
Recording date is probably going to be March or April 2013, for CD release on Amemptos.
Score samples and libretto at http://www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk/scores/requiem/
Contact me if you'd like a full score.
And finally, PLEASE SHARE THIS if you enjoyed it! Thanks.
Don't forget - Requiem premiere tonight, 9pm UK time!
(3.5 hours after this post, or thereabouts)
Watch online at: http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/chaplaincy (click on Chapel Webcam - where you can currently hear the practice going on)
or come along to Glasgow University Chapel at 8.45ish.
More details and previews at http://www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk/requiem/scores
Hope to see many of you there!
Tuesday 30th October, 9pm - University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel, and also available to watch online

James Grossmith, Kevin Bowyer, and the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir perform the premiere of Chris Hutchings' Requiem.

I hope some of you reading this can make it to Glasgow - admission is free, just make sure you've got a seat well before 6pm.

But you can also watch and listen online: the Chapel is covered by a live webcam with decent sound equipment, and the link to it is at
http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/chaplaincy/ (it'll launch in your media
player). I'll try to get it recorded via that and put up on YouTube or
something, but can't guarantee it (a CD recording is hopefully happening
early next year).

Hope to see some of you there - please let me know if you're coming along!

Chris
Tuesday 30th October, 6pm - University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel

James Grossmith, Kevin Bowyer, and the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir perform the premiere of Chris Hutchings' Requiem.

I hope some of you reading this can make it to Glasgow - admission is free, just make sure you've got a seat well before 6pm.

But you can also watch and listen online: the Chapel is covered by a live webcam with decent sound equipment, and the link to it is at
http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/chaplaincy/ (it'll launch in your media
player). I'll try to get it recorded via that and put up on YouTube or
something, but can't guarantee it (a CD recording is hopefully happening
early next year).

Hope to see some of you there - please let me know if you're coming along!

If you've got Facebook, you can RSVP at:https://www.facebook.com/events/270112079766824

Chris

PhD update

Aug. 21st, 2012 10:28 am
The portfolio and commentary are finally completed to everyone's satisfaction, and ready to be printed out tomorrow. My supervisor's back in the country next week and will sign them then, and we can do final things next Monday.
Phew.
Only the viva to go now, and then corrections (major or minor, remains to be seen).
I was fairly pleased about getting some paid work this week. Until I found out that, after the first £5, the amount you earn is deducted directly from your JSA.

It costs me £10 a time to get to the paid work (which is in Glasgow or Edinburgh). The maths isn't difficult.

Hence the following: letter to Iain Duncan Smith )
Thoughts and additions?
http://soundcloud.com/hutchingsmusic/speravi-in-te - recording from the New London Singers concert on 5th June. Thanks again to all friends in and near London who came along and supported it!

Speravi In Te by hutchingsmusic
Three bits of composing news!

For anyone in London / southern England:
this concert on Tuesday 5th June, 6pm, King's Place (next to King's Cross station) will feature the world premiere of "Speravi in Te", which won the New London Singers composition competition. It'd be lovely to see any of you there.

For anyone in Glasgow / Scotland:
this concert on Wednesday 6th June, 6.30pm, Cottier Theatre, will feature the second performance of "Actaeon and Diana", for chamber ensemble.

And hopefully relevant to all: my Requiem is going to be performed (and hopefully recorded) in Glasgow in October, by the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir. More details when I have them...

Actually, four bits: a choir in Toronto just emailed me to ask about ordering copies of "Balulalow" so hopefully that'll go ahead too!
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