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The Listening Service at Free Thinking

Tom Service explores the idea of polyphony - a musical democratic utopia? Or are some voices always going to be more equal than others? Live at the Free Thinking Festival.

Tom Service explores the idea of polyphony - many voices, of equal importance, independent of each other and yet essential to the greater whole. A musical democratic utopia? Or are some voices always going to be more equal than others?
Taking the theme of this year's festival "the one and the many", Tom asks what singing together as one, and yet in different parts and voices, tells us about ourselves and our relationships with each other.
Live at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead with the festival house choir, "Voices of Hope".

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30 minutes

Music Played

  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Assumpta est Maria a 5

    Performer: The Sixteen.
    • CORO.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Mass (BWV.232) in B minor, Pt.2; Cum sancto Spiritu [chorus]

    Performer: Dunedin Consort and Players. Performer: John Butt.
    • LINN.
  • Judith Weir

    Ave Regina Caelorum

    Performer: Choir of Merton College, Oxford. Performer: Benjamin Nicholas.
    • Delphian.
  • Traditional

    Zhalba za Lazar

    Performer: Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir.
    • Elektra Nonesuch.
  • Traditional

    Mravalzhamier

    Performer: Ensemble Basiani.
    • Radio France.
  • Traditional

    Plainchant: Veni creator

    Performer: Cistercian Monks Of Stift Heiligenkreuz.
    • UCJ Music.
  • Brian Ferneyhough

    Missa Brevis : Kyrie

    Performer: Exaudi. Performer: James Weeks.
    • NMC.
  • Traditional

    Rex caeli, Domine maris (Musica enchiriadis)

    Performer: Capella Antiqua München. Performer: Konrad Ruhland.
    • RCA.
  • Traditional

    Miserere Dominum - Kyrie tropé (Winchester Troper)

    Performer: Discantus. Performer: Brigitte Lesne.
    • Aeon.
  • William Byrd

    Mass for Four Voices – Kyrie

    Performer: Voices of Hope. Performer: Mark Edwards.
    • LIVE PERFORMANCE.
  • Thomas Tallis

    If Ye Love Me

    Performer: Voices of Hope. Performer: Mark Edwards.
    • LIVE PERFORMANCE.
  • Franz Schubert

    Trinklied im Mai, D.427

    Performer: Arnold Schönberg Chor.
    • Teldec.
  • Johannes Brahms

    4 Songs for women's voices, Op.17: No.3; Der Gartner (Wohin ich geh und...)

    Performer: LSO Symphony Choir.
    • Virgin.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    The Bluebird

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • Signum.
  • George T Smart

    The Squirrel

    Performer: Pro Cantione Antiqua.
    • Conifer.
  • Sylvia Lim

    Paper Wings and James Week’s Echoing Green

    Performer: COMA Singers. Performer: Janet Oakes.
    • PRIVATE RECORDING.
  • James Weeks

    Echoing Green

    Performer: COMA Singers. Performer: Janet Oakes.
    • PRIVATE RECORDING.

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