Sacred Sounds Women's Choir
Created in 2013 as part of the MIF Creative programme for the fourth Manchester International Festival, the Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir brings together women to explore and celebrate the many languages, cultures and religions represented across Manchester with the aim to promote peace, compassion and understanding through song, soundscaping and silence. In addition to performing a diverse repertoire of faith material that Sacred Sounds have become well known for, the choir are also developing a reputation for taking on more challenging projects, pushing them to explore and experiment with different and interesting ways of using the voice.
Recent projects have seen the choir collaborate with beatboxer and vocal sculpture Jason Singh, performing a specially commissioned lullaby for a unique ‘one off’ event at the Royal Exchange - A Night at the Theatre - and provide the haunting soundscape to accompany Neck of the Woods, a show created for MIF15 and directed by Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon alongside classical Pianist, Hélène Grimaud and British Actress, Charlotte Rampling.
In late 2015, Video Jam commissioned the choir to score an extract from feature docuemntary In Search of Silence Landscapes by artist filmmakers Webb-Ellis, which captures the devotion of an ultra long distance runner. The film was screened and accompanied live for Video Jam at Manchester Jewish Museum (12/11/15), curated as part of a programme exploring different interpretations of faith and ritual; both religious and non-religious, private and collective.