It is a highly accessible work, giving young people an avenue into music, singing and choral traditions by dipping into several genres including classical, musical theatre and barbershop. It tells a lively environmental story with witty and meaningful words and melodies that are a joy to sing! The composition consists of 4 parts:
The Beginning - solo orchestra.
Pictures of Life
evokes the wonderful variety of creatures on our planet, where students can sing together, have fun and grow in confidence.
Save Our World
includes four solo parts; Eagle, Polar Bear, Bird, Gaia (the Earth) while a barbershop quartet provides the voice of ‘avaricious bipeds’ (greedy humans), giving pace and humour to the serious message. Animals and sea creatures are performed by groups of singers.
a soaring anthem of hope that honours the achievements of the human race, and the vision that the next generation will unite to preserve the natural world.
We feel that spreading positive messages through music and the arts is a great way to help teach children values such as protecting the environment, caring for animals and of course, each other. With the world facing so many challenges we need more initiatives such as Pictures of Life
This wonderful concert shines a light on all the things that matter most in the world: nature, music, compassion, interconnectedness and hope. I think the flame that it will ignite in young hearts will never be extinguished as we all face the future together with courage, optimism and above all kindness.