“TO USE MUSIC AND THE CREATIVE ARTS TO HELP TEACH RESPECT FOR OUR SHARED ENVIRONMENT AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS TO WORK TOGETHER IN UNITY, TOWARDS THE COMMON GOAL OF PROTECTING OUR PLANET AND ALL ITS SPECIES”
Pictures of Life is composed in three choral Parts and starts with a stirring orchestral overture, The Beginning.
PICTURES OF LIFE conjures up images of the wonderful variety of creatures on our planet.
SAVE OUR WORLD in which the Eagle leads the conversation between creatures under threat and humans, with solo parts for Eagle, Polar Bear and the Bird. The role of Gaia represents the voice of the Earth. A barbershop quartet provides the voice of greedy humans – the “avaricious bipeds” – lending pace and humour to a serious message.
TOMORROW’S CHILD is an anthem of hope honouring the achievements of the human race and grows from a whisper to a great crescendo and a triumphant finale, in the belief that humanity will learn and, through the aspirations and vision of the next generation, eventually bring the world together with respect for all life.
Pictures of Life was first previewed in London on St Pancras International Station with an amateur choir and keyboard accompaniment, and then at the Camden Centre, with Steve Edis conducting an 11-piece ensemble. The official launch performance was staged at Kings Place, London in October 2015, with renowned soloists, adult and junior choirs, and 15-piece orchestra conducted by Peter Broadbent.
Pictures of Life can be staged in a variety of ways from a school choir accompanied by a keyboard, ensemble, or orchestra. This allows for optimum flexibility as a one-off event or touring production to fit both indoor and outdoor staging. Ultimately, it is envisaged that Pictures of Life could become a stage spectacular blending dance, visual effects and striking costuming, themed to different locations and cultures, reflecting the universal feel of the music and the story.
A studio recording CD of Pictures of Life will be available soon at £9.99 plus postage and packing.SHOP
Extract from Part Three – Tomorrow’s Child
“We can go further still, we have the heart
We have the will
We are Tomorrow’s Child, a sacred destiny
To make a caring world for all
Within one family tree.
We are all in the picture, here to the stars,
Part of creation whoever we are.
Pictures of life, pictures of life
Brilliant and perfectly clear
Pictures of Life, pictures of life
How lucky I am to be here!!”