Blue Pearl – Info for Choir Directors

If you are interested in your choir performing all, or part of Blue Pearl: A One World Oratorio, please get in touch with Steve (steve@stevebanks.info, T: +44(0)7957 855458).

Performing individual movements, or parts of Blue Pearl

Blue Pearl can obviously be performed in its entirely, but some individual movements, or sequence of movements can also work very well – see below.

Instrumental arrangements can also be made of some movements, to suit different choirs, and to fit within a programme with other pieces.

Movements which can be performed on their own, or in pairs

There will be more detailed information about this soon, but, for example:

Evolution 5 (5 mins. A startling movement. Showcase for the orchestra. Humorous role for the choir, coming in just at the last semi-quaver).

Anamnesis (20 mins. The evolution of human consciousness, from primitive – near animal – through rational, to spiritual. Varied musical styles.)

Evolution 5 & Anamnesis (25 mins. Takes you through the whole of evolution – physical, biological, and human. They are a pair in performance of the whole of Blue Pearl).

One Mother, One Father (3.3 mins. Works well on its own. A joyful celebration of the unity of the human family. African-influenced style.)

Blue Pearl (6.3 mins. Moving evocation and celebration of the unity of the earth, ‘Blue Pearl’. With profound, beautiful spoken introduction by Apollo astronaut, Edgar Mitchell. African-influenced, riff-based style.)

One Mother, One Father & Blue Pearl (10 mins. These go well together, both African-influenced musical style, celebrating the unity of the human race, and of the earth.)

Sex (6.3 mins. A catchy title! Sure to draw the punters in! A celebration of sex as sacred: at first humorous, then powerfully moving and ecstatic, and ending with a beautiful, spiritual acapella ‘chorale’.)

Death (5 mins. A powerful, moving exploration of our relationship with death, fading into silence at the end, with the ‘mystical death’).

Sex and Death (12 mins. They go together well.

Call Me By My True Names (6.5 mins. Setting of profound poem by Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. A meditation on the interconnectedness, the ‘interbeing’ of humans with one another, with everything, and with both good and evil. Ending with the opening of our hearts in the wonder and openness of compassion).

There is more to come here…