The words of the great, late Irish poet Seamus Heaney provide the lyrics for a new song cycle Human Chain, a profound and touching performance that is touring churches in Zealand in late May – and you might be the missing link!
Hans-Erik Philips’ musical project began as a mission to gather choristers and professional musicians from different generations and cultural backgrounds to celebrate human togetherness – and with a number of spaces up for grabs, it is by no means a completed mission.
Looking for singers!
Human Chain is currently looking for new guest singers, so if you have any experience as a chorister, or think you have what it takes, why not get in contact with the group? Rehearsal times will depend on your previous experience.
Human Chain is particularly keen to attract international choristers – find out more information at humanchainmusic.com.
A world in union
Human Chain is a union of two music groups: the Ydun Choir with guest singers, and the all-female international performers Nymphea Vocal Ensemble.
The idea behind the unique community is that some of the best soloists in the whole of Denmark can together with journeymen choristers create something really awesome together.
Help complete the mission
“This is why the project is open for both ordinary and very good choristers to join (who can participate with a shorter rehearsal time),” explained Human Chain’s conductor and co-creator, Beate Willma.
“If we get more international choristers on board, and if more expats attend the concerts, this is mission completed.”
The Irish condition
Human Chain is based on selected poems by the Irish Nobel Prize winner that include ‘The Strand at Lough Beg’, ‘Punishment’ and ‘Requiem for the Croppies’.
As is traditional in Heaney’s work, the Irish condition is explored – in particular, the Irish Resistance and the complex situation of Irish women who fell in love with English soldiers.
While the poems analyse human togetherness and its potential problems, Philip’s music offers evocative Irish sounds, creating a hugely moving experience for those in love with the Emerald Isle.