A growing body of research on the health benefits of singing, and increasing evidence of loneliness affecting people of all ages, led Paul Cann, Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire to commission a choral work from composer Bob Chilcott and poet Charles Bennett with the aim of bringing together people across generations to combat the feelings of anguish and exclusion that loneliness brings.
The Voyage Project was created to organise and promote two concert performances of Chilcott's piece The Voyage, which will bring together people of all ages and situations to celebrate the creation of a legacy of work in the community by the charity and its partners.
The two concerts took place in Oxford and Reading on 18th and 19th March 2016. This website connect with the various participants in the project, with particular focus on the new singing groups formed specifically as part of ongoing work that Age UK is doing to bring communities together to combat loneliness.
The Voyage: Bob Chilcott’s choral work commissioned by Age UK Oxfordshire, has been shortlisted in the Learning and Participation Category of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards. The RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 7 May 2017.
The following short film contains an introduction to The Voyage project by Paul Cann, Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire.
Listen to interviews on BBC Radio Oxford with Paul Cann (24:55) and Charles Bennett (1:36:11) http://bbc.in/1R4JA0l
Read what the Oxford Times has to say about the project at http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/opinions/graymatter/14318303.First_Person__Getting_creative_to_end_loneliness/
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