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The second song of 2019: Shadow Maker

7 June 2019

We are excited to launch our second song of 2019, Shadow-Maker, by composer Cecilia McDowall and poet Kate Wakeling.

The words and music, both commissioned by Snape Maltings for the Friday Afternoons project, explores the pull and mystery of shadows.

All the resources you need to sing this song are now available from our Song Bank. We're looking forward to hearing it performed by young people around the world.

The Premiere

The premiere of this song took place on Wednesday 27 March at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, conducted by Sam Gladstone. The piece was performed by singers from Radley College, Headington School, John Mason School, Desborough College, Radley Primary, St Andrew’s Primary, Dunmore Primary, Caldecott Primary and Sunningwell Primary, in an afternoon concert alongside The King's Singers.

Pictures of the event are available via the Radley College twitter feed. Our enormous thanks to all involved.

The Recordings

The resources available for this song include brilliant recordings and backing tracks, designed to support teachers and young people around the country to learn and perform them. Enormous thanks to our excellent performers, and to Mike Challis who created the recordings.

The performance track was recorded by Farnham Youth Choirs - Junior Choir, conducted by Patrick Barrett and accompanied by Anthony Merryweather.

The backing track was recorded by Nathan Williamson in Benjamin Britten's Library at the Red House in Aldeburgh, thanks to the Britten-Pears Foundation.