Welcome to Voiceworks, an ongoing project that explores the possibilities and practice of contemporary song in poetry, text, music and sound. We are dedicated to making new and innovative work, and to reflecting on and documenting the collaborative and creative exchange between a new generation of poets, composers and singers.


A singing comet

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Listening to the universe. Courtesy of Rosetta and Churyumov-Gerasimenko 67P.



hanna tuulikki's diary: heartsease

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Thoughts on the process of making of song on our Sounding Board


woodwose shortlisted

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Wigmore Hall's Community Opera Woodwose has been shortlisted for the Best Classical Music Education Initiative at the 2014 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence sponsored by Classic FM. The winner will be decided by public vote and announced at the Music Teacher Awards ceremony on 7 February 2014. This award is designed to honour an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and had a positive impact on a significant number of participants.

If you attended the performance of this remarkable project last summer you can support us by voting for Woodwose here.


Spring term Research Events at GSMD

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From Friday 17 January a series of research events at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Full details of each event and how to reserve a place can be found here.

Friday 17 January
5pm, Lecture Recital Room
French Song Workshop: the Songs of Gabriel Faure
Soprano Mhairi Lawson and Pianist Marc Verter discuss the Melodie at the turn of the century and the songs of Faure in particular. Following an open rehearsal, they will work with singer and pianist duos from the Guildhall School.

Continue reading » Spring term Research Events at GSMD


Julian Philips' how the whale became

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3 December 2013 - 4 January 2014
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House


Based on Ted Hughes’ collection of short stories The Dreamfighter and Other Creation Tales this new family opera, with a libretto by Edward Kemp, weaves together a set of playful, entertaining and surprising creation tales performed by a company of 10 singers and players. Directed by Natalie Abrahami (Associate Director of the Young Vic), the opera will transform the stage into a magical creative world, exploring why whales are so huge, why elephants are so wise and why polar bears have white coats.

Suitable for children of 5 and over.

Click here for information.


Will Alexander Poetry Reading

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Keynes Library
Birkbeck School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
London WC1

Monday 2 December 7pm

Birkbeck Contemporary Poetics Research Centre is delighted to welcome Will Alexander.

Los Angeles poet Will Alexander works in multiple genres: the novel, essay, aphorism, play, philosophy, visual art, and music (as pianist). His influences range from poetic practitioners, such as Aimé Césaire, Bob Kaufman, Andre Breton, Antonin Artaud, and Philip Lamantia, to the encompassing paradigm of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, and the Egyptian worldview as understood by Cheikh Anta Diop and R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz.

His work explores the fields of art, physics, botany, history, astronomy, architecture, and poetics, amongst others. Alexander’s books include Kaleidoscopic Omniscience, Asia and Haiti, The Sri Lankan Loxodrome, Compression and Purity, Sunrise In Armageddon, Diary As Sin, Inside the Earthquake Palace, Towards The Primeval Lightning Field, and Mirach Speaks To His Grammatical Transparents. His collected essays, Singing in Magnetic Hoofbeat (Essay Press, 2013) received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

Further information about Will Alexander here and here.

This reading is in collaboration with Jonathan Skinner and the Warwick Writing Programme.


Voiceworks alumni concert at Wigmore Hall

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Tuesday 19 November

The Voiceworks Alumni Concert 2013 features outstanding work created through the voiceworks process by recent alumni. This year the concert programme will also include a performance of the first act of the opera King Harald’s Saga by composer and librettist Judith Weir, written for unaccompanied soprano.

Tickets are free and available at the door. Details of the event are here.


Jaap Blonk Performance Recordings

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Recordings of April 2013 performances of sound poetry by Jaap Blonk, Holly Pester and Ollie Evans are now available on the website - click here.



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The debut novel by Voiceworks collaborator Ben Gwalchmai is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Published by Cosmic Egg Books, December 2013.

Further info here.


How the Whale Became

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3 December 2013 - 4 January 2014
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

A new opera by Julian Philips and Edward Kemp, directed by Natalie Abrahami.

Featuring Voiceworks collaborator Donna Lennard.

Full details here