Last week, LVP were part of Backstories at the Albert Hall, a huge educational project organised by Merton Music Foundation. LVP have a long standing relationship with MMF. Our MD Pete has for the last decade been involved in creating large scale oratorios for their biannual performances at the Albert Hall. And by large scale, we mean big band, string orchestra, soloists, SATB choirs and over 1000 primary school children.
Previous projects have included David and Goliath (based on the biblical story), The Journey (telling the story of immigration throughout history) and With One Voice (for which members of LVP delivered schools workshops to gather song ideas, which Pete collated)
As a choir, our involvement is small in the scale of things: we rehearse with Voicebox, the foundation's youth SATB choir. Part of our job here is to give them the experience of working alongside experienced professionals, and providing role models. On the night, it's our job to "bring the vibe".
This year's project was Backstories, which aimed to encourage cross-generational collaboration. You can read more about the project here. In addition to music by Pete, several other LVP members (Nikki Franklin, Sam Chaplin & Adam Saunders) contributed songs, and directed them on the night.