Three Memories of Kurdistan

The Beach, In Springtime and My Father (SSSSAAAA or SSAATTBB choir) – #choirsagainstracism

For a more advanced choir. Words by Aine McAllister, from the collective memory of Kurdish women she has worked with in a refugee camp in Grande Synthe, France. You can get all 3 as a single booklet (20 pages) for SSSSAAAA or for SSAATTBB.

Versions with piano reduction are also available: for SSSSAAAA or for SSAATTBB.

Recordings, performances and broadcasts

“My Father” (get the score below, for SSSSAAAA or SSAATTBB) was broadcast on Radio 3’s “In Tune” on Friday 6th April! “Rather beautiful” – Sean Rafferty, “In Tune”, BBC Radio 3. Thanks to BBC Radio 3 and In Tune for playing it, and to BBC Introducing for giving people the opportunity to upload new tracks. Listen to it on Soundcloud here (recording by KC VITAs).

Individual movements, recordings and audio demos

The Beach, SSSSAAAA version: download the score (Creative Commons 4.0 License) and hear a demo.
The Beach, SSAATTTBB version: download the score (Creative Commons 4.0 License) and hear a demo.

My Father, SSSSAAAA version: download the score (Creative Commons 4.0 License) and hear a recording.
My Father, SSAATTBB version: download the score (Creative Commons 4.0 License) and hear a demo.

In Springtime, SSSSAAAA version: download the score (Creative Commons 4.0 License) and hear a demo.
(If this version in D is too high – it requires one top B for the sopranos – I can supply versions in Db or C on request. The versions in C or Db have somewhat exposed low Es or Fs for the altos, but the soprano part only goes to top A or Bb.)
In Springtime, SSAATTBB version: download the score (Creative Commons 4.0) and hear a recording.

Practice tracks for “My Father”, SSAATTBB version: Soprano | Alto | Tenor | Bass | equal voices

Hear “My Father” in a beautiful new recording by KC VITAs chamber choir, Kansas:

“In Springtime” has just been recorded by the Reid Consort in Edinburgh, and is available on my CD “To The Mountain” (see front page for details). Hear it below:

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Safe Passage – helping unaccompanied children and vulnerable adults to legally seek asylum in the UK
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