I left my voice behind

Tableau for two choirs and two cellos

I Left My Voice Behind explores how the voice links us to our past, present and future identities, including our vocal potential enabled by science and technology.

It was written in collaboration with people who have survived throat cancer and have had life-saving laryngectomy treatment to remove their voice box, alongside healthcare professionals, and a team of biomedical researchers developing a ground breaking implantable larynx.

The piece is written for two choirs: one live choir performed by people who have had laryngectomies, members of Shout at Cancer and a second digital choir, constructed from recordings of Shout at Cancer members pre-cancer, when their voice boxes were still intact.

The choirs are accompanied by a solo cello, with a digital cello counterpart mirroring the duet between live and digital choirs and collectively exploring renewal, transformation, and the birth of new vocal identities.


Vocals: Shout at Cancer Choir
Electrospit: Pug Halliday
Cello: Nick Trygstad
Music: Hannah Conway
Words: Hazel Gould
Video design: Luke Halls
Sound design: David Sheppard
Sound production: Andrew Mellor


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