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Making waves

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Making Waves was commissioned by Susan Knight and the wonderful Newfoundland-based youth choir, Shallaway, to honour the centenary of Marconi’s first trans-oceanic wireless signal, sent from Poldhu, Cornwall to St John’s, Newfoundland. The piece was used on a CBC TV programme made in celebration of Marconi’s life, and was also to receive its first performance on CBC Radio. The piece, written for double choir was recorded simultaneously by Shallaway in Newfoundland, Canada, and by the Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir and their conductor Sue Hollingworth in Scunthorpe, England. What was so special and unique about this was that both choirs were singing at the same time without hearing each other, while only the two conductors heard the choirs at the same time through headphones that were wired up through the telephone line. It was a brilliant idea that took two attempts over two subsequent weeks, because the first time it was tried through a mobile phone connection, and as there was so much delay it didn’t work. The second time, however, the CBC persuaded a kind lady who lived in the nearest house to the Scunthorpe church where the English choir was singing to let them put the feed through her phone line. It worked brilliantly, and we heard it for the first time on CBC Radio, with Susan Knight commentating from the CBC Studio in Newfoundland, and me from the CBC Studio in London.

from notes by Bob Chilcott © 2008


Chilcott: Making waves
Studio Master: SIGCD142Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on SIGCD142 [7'01] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD142 track 4

Recording date
28 March 2008
Recording venue
The Warehouse, Waterloo, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock & Andrew Riches
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Chilcott: Making waves (SIGCD142)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 2008
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