Swirls of ideas and flocks of birds taking flight, soaring to emotional and intellectual delights, came together sublimely in the Voice Project’s work in the great Cathedral arena. - Ideas of Flight David Porter EDP May 2013


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The Voice Project presents:

'Souvenir' at Holkham Hall

May 17th 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm

Souvenir is a new promenade performance that follows The Voice Project’s previous Festival successes with Singing the City and Ideas of Flight. Focusing on memory and imagination, The Voice Project will lead you on a tour of the grounds and the Marble Hall at Holkham through unexpected corners and natural theatres. With voices both hidden and revealed, experience 100 years of memories and ideas set for 150 voices of The Voice Project Choir, The Bold as Brass Quartet with percussion from Derek Scurll and portable piano from Adrian Lever.

Music by
Jonathan Baker
Helen Chadwick
Orlando Gough
Karen Wimhurst

Words by

Esther Morgan, Tom Warner, EE Cummings, Jane Draycott, Thomas Nashe
Performance runs: c. 75 mins (no interval)

Supported by Writer's Centre Norwich

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival are providing a bus service to Holkham from Norwich. Tickets are £6 each and can be purchased through the Box Office when you book your tickets for the performance. The bus will leave from outside Norwich Theatre Royal 90 minutes before each performance begins.



We are an open-access singing project offering a whole range of creative ways to use your voice. The Voice Project was created by singers Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker in 2008 and since then we have involved hundreds of singers in performances of great new vocal music as well as workshops designed to build vocal confidence and explore a wide variety of uplifting and inspiring vocal music.

Sian Croose is a singer and community musician who has run choirs  and vocal groups for 25 years.
She has sung in cathedrals and village halls, in tiny villages and capital cities, on her own and with a cast of thousands.
She has created music projects in the  UK, Ireland and France and is co-founder of The Voice Project.

Jon Baker is a singer, teacher and composer who has written extensively for TV, radio and theatre. He is a founder member of The Neutrinos with whom he has toured throughthout Europe and North America. He is co-founder of The Voice Project.


Photo by Dave Guttridge

Review of Ideas of Flight May 11th 2013

Ideas of winged flight taking off
The Voice Project
Norwich Cathedral

Swirls of ideas and flocks of birds taking flight, soaring to emotional and intellectual delights, came together sublimely in the Voice Project’s work in the great Cathedral arena. As darkness fell outside, the sense of birds above was palpable.
The 100-strong choir, the brilliant Trio Zéphyr, cool saxophonist Andy Sheppard, tenor Jeremy Avis, sopranos Sianed Jones and Rebecca Askew used 10 poems about birds from all manner of poets to interpret the wings of flight. Music was variously composed by Karen Wimhurst, Orlando Gough and Barbara Thompson, from differing backgrounds and musical streams. The result was eclectic and riveting, sometimes quirky and humorous, then sombre and dark. Jonathan Baker who also composed, sang bass and directed, sharing honours with the amazing conductor Sian Croose, for devising and setting free the dynamic of language partnered with the power of diverse ideas, hopes, fears, symbols. Her hands were a kind of bird-wing ballet, directing, leading, coaxing the voices. Originally inspired by the RSPB Poetry Project, it all took off and acquired a life of its own, rich in images, memories and possibilities for all animal-kind.

David Porter
EDP May 2013

St Benet's Abbey May 13th 2013 Photo by Jemma Mickleburgh


Ideas Of Flight : A choral performance by The Voice Project


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City of Strangers December 15th 2012 (photo: Phil Sayer)



Singing the City - Dusk (photo: Phil Sayer)


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