Never to leave

for mezzo-soprano

Angela Elizabeth Slater

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Composer Angela Elizabeth Slater
Year of Composition 2021
Duration ca.10'
Instrumentation Mezzo Soprano
Categories (all composers) , , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-as1ntl1


Never to leave is a new solo work for mezzo soprano, written especially for Kameryn Lueng as part of the Arts Council England funded projected Connected skies: solo series challenge. In this project, composer Angela Elizabeth Slater has set out to write six new works for double bass, cello, flute, accordion, percussion and mezzo soprano between October 2020-May 2021.

Never to leave is the final work in the Connected skies collection of solo pieces. All the pieces are reflective of the difficult times of 2020 and 2021, drawing on a poem authored by the composer. Never to leave sets this poem that has been the unifying link between all the pieces. It reflects our times but also references the previous five works as though completing a song cycle.

When the sky enclosed around me
Shrinking ever smaller
I found woven half dreams
fractured in spaces inbetween
which ache and screams
I tried to shut the noise out
but it echoed right back at me
never to leave or fully be