14th October 2008
Different Voices by Debbie Wiseman looks set to become the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra for the 21st Century. Released on Naxos, the recording features the soprano Hayley Westenra with Stephen Fry as narrator to the story played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Wiseman. Buy you copy here.
Different Voices combines music and narration to tell a magical tale and to introduce the listener to the diverse sections of the orchestra. When a beautiful park is threatened by an evil developer, the different groups of children who use the park (represented by the strings, percussion, brass and woodwind), come together in harmony to save their precious place. Different Voices is intended to reach a wide family audience and interest young people in the magic of the orchestral sound through storytelling and music.