International choir #1: Luminous Voices from Canada...

....sing Sven-David Sandström's To See a World

In October 2020, the professional chamber choir Luminous Voices and their Artistic Director Dr Timothy Shantz had a rare opportunity: to meet IRL despite the ongoing pandemic and record some music in a church – under strict guidelines from the Alberta Health Services. Among the pieces they chose to record were Sven-David Sandström’s To See a World, an eight part a cappella setting of William Blake’s famous poem.

In their video greeting, soprano Katie Partridge shares her memories from the recording, in which all the singers had to wear masks and take their temperature after every break. 



To see a World
Sven-David Sandström (1942-2019)
Text: William Blake (1757-1827)
SATB divisi
A cappella
Durata 4 minutes
"Dedicated to my friend Erik Westberg"

William Blake’s well known poem on seeing the universe in a grain of sand is formed in growing wave movements, leading to a relieving outbreak, upon which a calmness spreads expressing infinity and eternity.

From the Luminous Voices webpage:

"Luminous Voices, Calgary’s professional chamber choir, was founded in 2012 by conductor and Artistic Director Timothy Shantz. We unite local, national, and international artists and organizations to illuminate choral music of the past and present, spanning cultures and traditions.
We engage audiences in Calgary and beyond through exceptional sonic experiences encompassing live and virtual performances, recordings, workshops, new commissions by contemporary composers, and community education and development."