The project

Cracked Voices the new song cycle created by writer Graham Palmer and composer Jenni Pinnock.

Based on original research, this ‘incredible project’ (Cambridge105) gives voice to forgotten characters from the borderlands of Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

From Servandus waiting on his lost Celtic goddess, to the POWs celebrating Hitler’s birthday on Therfield Heath. From James Lucas’s confrontation with Charles Dickens to Joyce Hatto’s scandalous recordings.

Composer Jenni Pinnock’s predominantly tonal music is ‘tantalizingly beautiful in smoothness and soul’ (Cloud and Owl). It features a tangle of quirky time signatures and memorable lines, focusing heavily on nature, science and the world around us.

With the help of Ian Beadle (Baritone), Donna Lennard (Soprano), Sue Pettitt (Clarinet) and Ralph Woodward (Piano), Cracked Voices will premiere at Anglia Ruskin University on 10 March 2018. School workshops we are running alongside will also feed into the second performance at Royston Methodist Church on 28 April 2018.

Throughout the project, updates will be posted on the website – hear how the project is progressing, details of workshops, performances and general musings on song cycles and stories, folklore and history by signing up to our e-newsletter.

Alongside the song cycle itself, each song will work as a stand-alone unit and some will be arranged for choir, giving a whole host of performance options after the premiere. A CD will be released in 2018.

We are grateful to Grants for the Arts and the PRS Foundation for providing support and funding for the Cracked Voices project.