Earlier this year we were commissioned by the 2015 Brighton Festival to write a Cantata for Liberty, Invictus, to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. It draws on texts from a number of authors about Liberty. 'No Rack Can Torture Me' is a setting of a beautiful Emily Dickinson poem, and forms the second movement of Invictus. It's an especially poignant text for us with James’ Parkinson’s diagnosis; there is a very personal and positive message in this poem; but they hope everyone will relate to these words in their own way.
Our exciting news is that we are using this movement to launch a new Virtual Chorus.
How You Can Be Part Of This
We’ve uploaded videos of James conducting 'No Rack Can Torture Me' to YouTube here along with the music for each voice part. Simply choose the video for your voice part and record yourself singing along to James conducting. It can be an audio or a video recording. Finally, send it to Dropbox using this link. We’ll put all the individual performances together to create a Virtual Chorus performance of the piece.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any advice on how to record yourself. If you know children who like singing, please encourage them to join our Virtual Youth Chorus for a fun movement from the Cantata called 'King John' (video link here).
Download 'King John' PDF.
If you want to read more about this project, visit Faber Music.