Vox Holloway, our acclaimed community choir, is gearing up for a fantastic event on 29 November, when it will be presenting a brand new choral work written by Harvey Brough and our very own musical director, Justin Butcher. ‘Music On The Mind’ is a musical exploration of mental health, with songs of mania, madness and melancholy. It includes a new choral setting of Kay Redfield Jamison’s ground-breaking memoir, An Unquiet Mind.
This world premiere promises to be a remarkable evening exploring the agonies and ecstasies of the unquiet mind. But don’t just take our word for it. Vox Holloway patron Emma Thompson (yes, that Emma Thompson) says: ‘It’s fantastically refreshing to have visionaries like Harvey Brough and Justin Butcher commit their art to an examination of one of our most precious possessions: our minds.’
Meanwhile, Stephen Fry (yes, that Stephen Fry!) says: ‘A musical work that blends the voices of some of the finest poets in our language with the work of Kay Redfield Jamison, my own personal hero in the arena of bipolar disorder — well, that seems to me like a simply fantastic project.’
The 90-strong choir will combine the voices of Vox Holloway and Mind & Soul Choir (a community choir singing for mental wellbeing based in the Maudsley Hospital), plus leading soloists Clara Sanabras and Nicholas Garrett. It will be conducted by Harvey Brough. You can find out more at http://voxholloway.com/music-on-the-mind/ and see a video preview at https://vimeo.com/144363115
Music On The Mind is at 7.30pm, on 29 November, at St Luke’s. Tickets cost £15 (concessions £10) and are available at http://musiconthemind.bpt.me/ or by calling 0800 411 8881. All proceeds from the event go to Islington Mind and Soundwell Music Therapy Trust.