Last weekend saw the launch of May It Be – a first ever CD release for Morriston Ladies Choir. Earlier this year, I was asked to record a brief spoken word introduction to the 8th track on the CD: 'Inscription of Hope' (not my own words, I hasten to add, but more on that later). Although I wasn't able to make it to Swansea Central Library last Saturday, I'm told that the launch went well.
The choir, which this year celebrated its 70th anniversary, hails from an area of Swansea with a strong choral tradition (and one which I am proud to call my home town). One of the first (if not the first) Welsh ladies choir to make an impact on the international music scene, MLC have toured Canada, Germany, Holland, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Italy and Poland, singing at venues such as Cologne Cathedral and the National Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.
Composed by Z. Randall Stroope, the lyrics of 'Inscription of Hope' are based on an engraving found on the walls of a cellar in Germany where Jews had been hiding from the Nazis during World War II. In order to explain the significance of the lyrics, Stroope wrote a short spoken word introduction to be read whenever the piece was performed. These are the words I have lent my voice to.
To order a copy of May It Be, or find out more about Morriston Ladies Choir, visit their website: morristonladieschoir.com