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Sing to the moon

First line:
Hey there you shattered in a thousand pieces
author of text

While Laura Mvula is world-famous for her success as an R&B singer, few people know that she studied composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Her song Sing to the moon was the title track from her first album released in 2013, making the top 10 in the UK albums chart. Laura recorded an orchestral version of Sing to the moon with the Metropole Orkest & Jules Buckley and she wrote this haunting choral arrangement for the Eric Whitacre Singers. Encouraged by Eric, the premiere was her first experience as a choral conductor. Sing to the moon was performed by the BBC Singers at the last night of the Proms in 2019. Laura fragments the writing in the verses to give a sense of the shattered soul at the centre of the piece, contrasting with the close-textured homophony of the choruses, comforting us in the knowledge that singing has the power to turn the tide.

from notes by Anna Lapwood © 2020


All things are quite silent
Studio Master: SIGCD642Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 17 on SIGCD642 [3'36] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD642 track 17

Recording date
5 October 2019
Recording venue
St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. All things are quite silent (SIGCD642)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: September 2020
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