First commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation for Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014, Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voices is a continuation of Jocelyn’s interest in music exploring mental illness.
She previously delved into the theme with her 2012 work Hearing Voices, which premièred at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the BBC Concert Orchestra's Exstatica and H7steria series.
Written in five movements, the Anxiety Fanfare is performed by the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble and the community singers of the London International Gospel Choir, led by Naveen Arles. The soloists are soprano Lore Lixenberg, mezzo-soprano Melanie Pappenheim, countertenor Jonathan Peter Kenny and bass George Ikediashi.
It draws on the potential of professional and non-professional singers rehearsing and performing together.
Presented in association with the PRS Foundation and Culture&
This 15-minute piece is performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.