Song for the Searching
An anthem about the power of singing as part of a collective and building a legacy through song with text by Lauren Peat. Commissioned by the Hamilton Children's Choir, through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, in celebration of their 45th anniversary and premiered virtually on July 1, 2020.
Note from the composer
Growing up, my home away from home was with the Hamilton Children’s Choir — a remarkable community that taught me the power of the collective voice and ultimately inspired me to pursue music as a career. And so, I was absolutely delighted when approached by the HCC to create a song for their 45th anniversary. Together with Lauren (a fellow HCC alumna), we aimed to create a song that captured the spirit of the organization we once called home — a song about the power of the collective voice and building legacy through song, something anyone who has sung in a choir knows well. We hope in singing our song and including your own reflections (overtop the piano interlude) you can celebrate your own choir family and the beauty you have built together. — K.G.
Note from the poet
I sang with the Hamilton Children’s Choir for three years, and it is no exaggeration to say that it was a deeply transformative experience. Seeing as you are reading this score –– perhaps alongside members of your own choir –– I have little doubt that you will agree: at their best, choirs are havens from the white noise of the world. When crafting the text for Song for the Searching, I drew inspiration from the written reflections of fellow Hamilton Children's Choir alumni. It is our hope that the song will serve as a means of honouring the haven your own choir has built—of paying tribute to the many voices that paved the way, and the many voices yet to come. — L.P.