Karen Wimhurst – A Song for Dorset

Online premiere: Wednesday 4 August, 12.30pm

A new Song for Dorset, When Time Lost Its Edge, has been composed by Karen Wimhurst and is performed by Palida Choir, VIVA! Dorchester Women’s Choir, Dorset County Hospital Staff Choir and students from Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester.

Writing a song to reflect people’s time during the pandemic in Dorset, Karen invited people in Dorset to answer 3 simple questions:

How have you found the passage of time in lockdown?
What have you done to pass the time in lockdown?
Moving beyond this time, what is one thing you’d like to take with you to shape a positive future?

With lyrics drawn directly from people’s words, the result is a song capturing their diverse experiences and hopes for the future.

You can read the lyrics by turning on the subtitles on the video or by downloading them here – When Time Lost Its Edge – lyrics.

ABOUT KAREN WIMHURST: Karen Wimhurst is a widely commissioned composer ranging from chamber works to music theatre, theatre and large-scale, collaborative productions. She has been commissioned by festivals and ensembles throughout Britain with performances by the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Grimethorpe Brass Band, Welsh National Opera, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra among others. Eclectic in nature, her own distinctive music manifests diverse traditional and jazz influences alongside a strong grounding in contemporary classical music. A passionate environmental activist, she has worked in many cross disciplinary collaborations. www.karenwimhurst.co.uk

Produced by Sound UK in partnership with Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts and Artsreach.

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