On Being Vocal

For Women, by Women
Mums and Women every where, no matter age, ethnicity and social status – we see you, we hear you, we feel you. Join us to celebrate the fun, the ugly, the guilt, the pleasure

With Canadian Contemporary Soprano Sarah Parkin

Concert Preview at Hundred Years Gallery in London on 15th December 2022 at 1pm

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On Being Vocal — in progress preview — is a song cycle composed by British Cypriot composer Rania Chrysostomou and Canadian Contemporary Soprano Sarah Parkin (Voices of the Sands) who is also the performer. This piece is aimed at mothers who want to attend contemporary music concerts but don’t have time available to go to  an evening concert due to their family responsibilities. The songs are about women’s and mothers’ unvocalized thoughts like the visceral experience of giving birth, the inequalities in the upbringing of boys and girls and how that affects our adult life, how rigid routines affect the mental health of a woman and a mother but feels guilty vocalising her thoughts mainly due to them going against social norms. The overall sound of the pieces is a fusion between lyricism, futuristic sounds and theatricality. The performance will be a cross between social commentary, theatre/ dance, vocal sounds and song, expanding the style of verbal and non-verbal storytelling.

My generation of women has grown up being imposed on certain expectations of how and what they are allowed to dream and aspire to be. I had to overcome these expectations on my journey to adulthood and womanhood  only to discover that once I became a mother – which according to the common voice of our society dictates that a woman has to be a mother – there are even more nuances that have been embedded as ‘acceptable behaviours’ in my subconscious (and other mum friends and blogs like Sarah @ London Mums Fitness have confirmed this as well) that again I had to overcome. For instance, how a mum is incapable of making her own decisions regarding her body, like knowing when she is tired or hungry; how anyone who is not part of the mum-baby duo freely imposes their views on how, when and for how long to feed her baby; and how she has no free will after becoming a mother. Another difficulty mothers face is time to attend cultural events that stimulate their minds as adult women and are not child oriented. Since most events take place in the evening when we are attending to our children’s needs, concerts that happen at the same time are missed as organising child care becomes another huge expense.

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