‘A Poem for Canterbury’ – Saturday 9th June 2018

I’m looking forward to singing in Canterbury Cathedral Nave on the evening of Saturday 9th June as part of Lemn Sissay’s ‘Poem for Canterbury’. For details of the concert see the Marlowe Theatre’s website here.

Some background…  In 2016 I worked – under Lemn’s direction – with a group of poets, a visual artist and projectionist to stage an installation in the Marlowe Theatre Studio for Wise Words Festival called Warrior Poets. 

For our inspiration we took the poems of young refugees and of young people in care that had been written in workshops. The aim of the installation was to celebrate and amplify those poems.

Lemn has invited me to perform the music from Warrior Poets at the June concert along with an ensemble of singers from across Kent. We have approximately 45 students and staff from Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys alongside ten singers who have been involved with my Firewatching shows.

The music… I have arranged some of the music from Warrior Poets (‘From Roots’ and ‘Strong’) as well as added a short section along the theme of the river – as this is the overarching theme of Lemn’s new poem and other performances on the night.

As well as our bit, and Lemn’s first reading of his new Poem for Canterbury, there will also be performances by the Cathedral Choristers and the Elham Valley Voices.

Below you will find downloads of the score and recordings for practise purposes. A massive thank you to Emily Renshaw-Kidd for recording the higher voice parts!

I will bring hard copies of the score to the rehearsals on the evenings of Wednesday 23rd May and 6th June.

Firstly, though, here are the two sections from Warrior Poets on which the music is based:

From Roots:
Strong: (with a video showing Warrior Poets installation)


Click below to download a PDF of the score:

From Roots final – Full Score

Recordings – for rehearsal purposes only

Below are links to mp3 files for the three choral sections. I have given each section both with and without my solo, and then each part separately if you want to use them for individual learning:

1. ‘River’ introduction: 

Full choir in unison

2. ‘From Roots’ (choral section accompanying solo vocal improv):

Full choir with my solo

Full choir without solo

Soprano part    Alto part   Tenor part   Bass part

3. ‘Strong’ and Outro (choral with Richard solo)

Full choir with my solo

Full choir without my solo

Soprano parts   Alto part   Tenor part   Bass part 

N.B. ‘Alluvia’, the section following ‘From Roots’ will be sung just by Simon Langton Boys Junior Singers and students from St Nicholas School.