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Sim Shalom : for TTBarB vocal ensemble

by Meta Cohen (2020)

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Performance by Mosaic Voices from the CD Letter to Kamilla

Letter to Kamilla


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Sim Shalom : for TTBarB vocal ensemble / Meta Cohen.

Library shelf no. 782.55542/COH 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Sim Shalom is a modern meditation on peace.

In setting the Sim Shalom text - the peace prayer - I was acutely aware that the call to grant peace is something that also implies its opposite. Our current moment has prompted many of us to think about power structures, community and exclusion in a very focussed way. In this piece, I wanted to hint at the light as well as the shade - the deep yearning for peace, but also what might be behind it.

Sim Shalom was premiered by Mosaic Voices (cond. Michael Etherton) at the New West End Synagogue, London (16th February 2020). It was the first work by a non-male composer ever to be performed in an Orthodox Synagogue in the UK.

Sim Shalom was commissioned as part of Mosaic Voices' Blue Book Project. Supported by Arts Council England, the Blue Book Project is about developing Jewish choral repertoire and bringing it to a much wider public.

The work is included on Mosaic Voices' album Letter to Kamilla.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: 2 tenors, baritone, bass.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: Dedicated by Alan and Doreen Gainsford

Commission note: Commissioned by Mosaic Voices.

First performance: by Mosaic Voices — 16 Feb 20. 'A Brand New Voice', New West End Synagogue, London


Sim Shalom

Mosaic Voices: Karl Gietzmann, Miles D'Cruz, Benjamin Till, Dickon Gough. Musical Director: Michael Etherton. Filmed by Dan Daniel, Edited by Benjamin Till, Recorded at Sonica Studios, London, Mixed by Sam Featherstone, Filmed by the River Thames, London.



Performances of this work

20 Mar 22: Live Album Launch Concert - Letter to Kamilla, New West End Synagogue, London. Featuring Mosaic Voices.

4 Oct 20: 'Exile Lamentations', Wesley Music Centre, Canberra ACT. Featuring Luminescence Chamber Singers.

16 Feb 20: 'A Brand New Voice', New West End Synagogue, London. Featuring Mosaic Voices.

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