Shaky Places is a set of 14 songs for mixed-voice choir, composed by our Musical Director, Felicia Edgecombe, to poems by Brian Turner, Robert Sullivan, Lauris Edmond, Riemke Ensing, Greg O’Brien, Bub Bridger, Sam Hunt, Jenny Bornholdt, Marewa Glover, Bill Manhire, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Dinah Hawken and Rachel McAlpine. The song cycle will be published by Capital Choir. Besides Felicia, the person who has provided the impetus for this impressive project is Rachel McAlpine.
Capital Choir will be performing the complete cycle on 15 November at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill St, Wellington. The choir has performed five of the songs in public already (Brian Turner’s ‘Place’, Rachel McAlpine’s ‘World’, Lauris Edmond’s ‘Tuatara’, Gregory O’Brien’s ‘Stitch bird’, and Jenny Bornholdt’s ‘Make Sure’). We are rehearsing another three right now, and I guess that means there are six more we have yet to see. I have to say my favourite so far is Jenny Bornholdt’s Make Sure (“Make sure you fall in love with a man who you know will survive in the bush..”). Felicia’s music is just right for Jenny’s wry poem.
Rachel McAlpine has started a Shaky Places Facebook page:
Those who do Facebook (and why wouldn’t you?) should check it out.