Join our special choral fundraising project - the beautiful and innovative NARVAEZ BAY!
SING THE NORTH is singing this project as a fundraiser for THE OCEAN CLEANUP - a charity that is working to rid the world's oceans of plastic.
100% of profits will be donated to The Ocean Cleanup for Earth Day, 2023.*
Why Narvaez Bay? - Music that gives voice to the ocean
Narvaez Bay is a composition that translates the real-life movements of the sun, moon, and ocean into a musical composition for SAB chorus.
The piece uses actual data from one year of solar, lunar, and tidal positions recorded in a single location, Narvaez Bay, a large body of water by Saturna Island in the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people off the West Coast of Canada.
What does it sound like?
Hear a live performance by the Vancouver Chamber Choir under Jon Washburn here.
You can also view a score sample in traditional notation here.
Created by artist Mark Timmings and composed by musician Stephen Morris & Mark Timmings, Narvaez Bay offers singers a unique aesthetic insight into the mystery and majesty of the astronomical forces that have been maintaining balance and sustaining life on the earth for billions of years.
With different voices singing the parts of the sun, moon, and tides, the score of Narvaez Bay starts on January 1. With data from one day's movements in each bar, the 18-minute piece progresses through all 12 months until it reaches its resounding conclusion on December 31.
Sing the movement of the Sun, Moon, and Tides
Join us for the beauty of the piece, for the unique experience of singing from the inside of astronomical movements, or for the work's hugely significant contribution to environmental awareness for Earth Day.
All are welcome on the project, whether you wish to join us as a Singer, or a non-singing Supporter. Singers & Supporters are welcome at all live sessions.
How does it work?
This project is led by dynamic and friendly STN Artistic Director Kathryn Whitney
Singers meet live on Zoom for full-choir rehearsals and sectionals by voice type to help you learn your parts. The project also features a live interview with creator Mark Timmings, and a virtual choir field trip to Saturna Island to stand on the beach of the bay that inspired the composition.
The project will result in a film about Narvaez Bay featuring an AUDIO recording by the singers on this project. We aim to give the film its world premiere on the SING THE NORTH YouTube channel on EARTH DAY, 2023.
Project Dates: March 4-18, Recordings due March 28.
Session times: View our TIMETABLE
Registration includes everything you will need to join us: your score, sound files, conducting videos, live rehearsals via Zoom, and access to our full rehearsal recording archive.
We are also offering the rare chance to purchase a beautiful physical illuminated score direct from the artist here.
Singers submit AUDIO recordings for this project (no video component). Singers can record in one extended performance, or they may choose to record in smaller sections. As always, singers are just as welcome to join us and sing in rehearsal but not submit any recordings.
- Choose your price above and check out*
- Check your email after registration for your Project Guide. All materials distributed via PDF, Mp3, and Mp4 downloads.
Join us live on Zoom (link in your project pack) for our rehearsals and interviews. (all sessions recorded to watch at your leisure).
- Submit your audio at project end - or join us just to sing with out submitting. All are welcome!
We are looking forward to singing with you on this historic project for EARTH DAY, 2023.
*This project is an independent fundraising initiative of SING THE NORTH and is not endorsed or sponsored by, The Ocean Cleanup. 100% of profits from this project will be donated to The Ocean Cleanup: theoceancleanup.com