Our project is about giving new and emerging choral composers a chance to shine.
Composers rely on having their work performed in order to receive further commissions, write new music and maintain their livelihood. But the only way for people to know about their music is to hear it. However, the reality for most new and emerging composers is that the cost of having a whole disc professionally recorded is often completely prohibitive, and so getting the first step on the ladder of becoming an established composer is nigh on impossible.
This is why we came up with the idea of Lumen de Lumine, an album that is devoted to supporting and promoting new composers.
We're looking for your help to fund the recording of an album of brand new sacred and spiritual choral music, written by emerging and unrecorded composers.
We have brought together a group of composers from around the world including the UK, The USA, Canada and Australia, who will be writing new works specially commissioned for this album.
Our plan is to record the album in May 2018. Once the album is complete, there will be a special celebratory launch concert in London, exclusive to Kickstarter backers, where all of the music will be performed publicly for the very first time. Following the concert, the album will be released in hard copy and digital platforms including iTunes and Spotify.
We are Lumen, a small amateur chamber choir based in central London. Now in our second year, although many of us have been singing together for much longer than that, we have performed a number of free concerts of both sacred and secular choral music at St John on Bethnal Green for supporters and the local community, as well as sung services across the UK.
We all come from a mixture of backgrounds, but most of us have been singing choral music for most of our lives, some of us as cathedral choristers, and some with a more informal background. However, we are united by our common love of acapella choral music, blending ancient and modern choral polyphony, and in doing so encouraging emerging choral composers to write new music for others to enjoy.
This summer, we opened out concert with Frank Ticheli's incredible 'Earth Song' - you can listen to this beautiful piece, and our audience's reaction, as well as other live recordings on Souncloud.
At Easter, we also opened with a wonderful re-working of Tallis' "God Grant With Grace", which includes an incredible blend of ancient and modern choral writing.
Praise for Lumen
We've had some incredible feedback from our concerts and have some wonderful supporters who keep coming to hear us. Here is just some of the feedback we've had!
"Absolutely beautiful, and a great programme...thank you"
"We stumbled across your concert last weekend and thought it was fantastic. We've been to a number of choral concerts recently but yours really stood out"
"I had goosebumps all the way through, it was just so atmospheric. In Lumen Benjamin really has created something very special"
About the recording
Since we first reached out to composers at the beginning of the year the interest and excitement from composers has been phenomenal, with incredible enthusiasm for the ingenuity and ambition of the project, and for simplicity of this novel idea. But this means the recording has to be right!
In order to make sure that each piece is recorded to a high standard and distributed as widely as possible, so the works are exposed to the widest potential audience, we have teamed up with professional record label Convivium Records to record, produce and distribute the album.
Convivium is not only an established record label specialising in choral music, having recorded choirs including Sansara, Sarum Voices and the Nonsuch Singers. But they are also the perfect choice for this project, because of their expertise and interest in recording new works, and this project forms part of their ongoing commitment to supporting new composers and projects such as this. Once recorded, the album will be available commercially both in hard copy and digital download and, most importantly in terms of providing the broadest platform possible, on streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon.
Join us on our journey
As a backer of the project, you will be giving the next generation of composers an opportunity they wouldn’t otherwise have, to have their work recorded and distributed by an established record label.
To thank you for the support, you will be the first to get a copy of the finished album, either as a CD or a digital download, before it is publicly released, and the opportunity of joining us at the launch concert, to hear these incredible works performed live for the first time.
We’re incredibly excited about this project and look forward to having you with us on this journey to light the way for the composers of tomorrow.
Meet the Composers
Kickstarter Video Produced by James Langley and Sam Kay
Risks and challenges
We have spent a long time working with Convivium Records on this project already to make sure that everything is agreed and put in place now, rather than creating any uncertainty. Beyond a purely commercial arrangement with them, we have been working to build a rapport to shape this project together and they have given us an incredible amount of guidance. It is therefore hoped that the risks are very low at this stage.
We cannot guarantee that all of the composers featured above will be part of the final album. We certainly hope they are! They have all agreed to be and so we're confident they will, but personal circumstances or other reasons could mean they end up not being involved. If this happens, we will still make sure that we produce a full disk of new music by emerging composers, to make sure the disk stays true to its aims.
Convivium Records retain the right not to release the disk under their label when the product has been finished. While we will be working incredibly hard with them at every stage to make sure every element of the disk comes up to muster, they must retain this right in order to protect their reputation as a record production company. They have never had to do this before and so we don't imagine this will be the case with this disk but it is, of course, a risk we should alert you to. However, if this does happen, we will be supported by them to still make and record and produce the disk and help release the disks ourselves, so you will still get all of your rewards.
We plan to have the launch concert at the end of August 2018. As we don't have a definitive date yet for the launch project (although the location is confirmed as St John on Bethnal Green) we aim to let you know by the end of this year exactly when the concert will happen, but we know that diaries can get busy. So if you have backed the project with a concert ticket pledge but then cannot make it, we will allow transfers of the ticket to another person up to one month before the concert date. We will be emailing everyone with confirmation of this so you have a reminder. If you buy a concert pledge, we will give the disk to you at the concert (to save postage) - if you transfer the ticket to another person, we will give that person the CD and that person will be responsible for making sure you get your CD.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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