Award-winning composer and conductor, Esmeralda Conde Ruiz has launched a unique project – interviewing grandmothers from around the world, gathering their thoughts on music and memories and creating contemporary choral music inspired by their stories. The initial songs are developed further in practical workshops with female singers of all ages and backgrounds. Her aim is to build towards a full-scale 60-minute choral piece for 300 female voices to perform in 2020, to bring the grandmothers’ individual voices into the open for other generations to hear and to experience. Through the interviews, the individual choral pieces, the subsequent developmental workshops, and the ultimate performances, this project enables women – particularly older women – to be heard in unique and different ways.
‘I am interested in collaborating with grandmothers and bringing their voices to life. Listening to an older generation, learning from them, acknowledging their knowledge and wisdom and translating these exchanges into songs is incredibly inspiring for me and for those performing the choral works.’
How to get involved
On 11 March 2018, as part of WOW London in the SouthBank Centre, Esmeralda is hosting a workshop, open to all women with festival wristband tickets. You will have the opportunity to move from the initial interview to the finished songs by singing thoughts and stories – in ways you have never done before. You’ll then perform this moving music – with her project choir in a pop up performance on Sunday 11th, 2:50 Level 5 as part of the Festival.
Apply for an interview opportunity for your grandmother on 10 March 2018 at WOW Festival via firstname.lastname@example.org