Hayley Jenkins is a composer, lecturer, researcher and conductor based in the North East of England. Hayley is currently a lecturer of performing arts, music and education at the University of Sunderland, UK.
York based choir Soon Amore, directed by Chris Bartram, commissioned 'Letters' in January this year. Again, setting the work by Christopher Poindexter, the work playfully engages with the text using the ranges and timbres of the voice and requiring the choir (SATB) to have four lead soloists who help provide full recitations of the shot poem as the work unfolds. The piece has two main goals, firstly to provide enough space for the words to be interpreted by the audience and secondly for the members of the choir to communicate their own interpretation of the words.
Poindexter describes himself as an ‘observer’ and his book Naked Human is an exploration of humanity at its finest and at its worst. In this work the choir are the observers and the observed, expressing their own emotions in response to his words.
The piece will be premiered at Soon Amore's winter concert at the end of the year.
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New Works: 2017
This year has been a particularly busy one with two new works written and premiered.
'Fragments' was commissioned by the Late Music Festival for their August concert and was performed by Payee Chen (soprano) and Kate Ledger (piano). The work consists of five miniatures and sets five very short poems by American poet Christopher Poindexter.
Each fragment works to mirror the poems structure and tone, sometimes leaving enough space for ‘thoughts’ on each subject being presented and sometimes moving swiftly on- as fleetingly as written. The role of the vocalist is to be the voice of these ‘thoughts’ adding colour, emotion and movement in the intensity of each brief fragment.
To listen to the live recording, click on the Soundcloud link below: