British composer writes sustainable symphony for SwedenNews
Message from the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra:
When London composer Colin Riley heard about the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra’s environmental work, he became enthused. The climate-conscious composer realized that he wanted to be on the train.
He says: ”I received an invitation and since I have long avoided traveling by air, I booked a train ticket from London to Helsingborg.’
The journey went through five different countries. ‘I saw the landscape change outside the train window and heard the languages and voices inside the cabin change. It was a wonderful feeling to be immersed in the history that northern Europe shares. It felt invigorating.
He wrote the symphonic work Earth Voices during the corona summer of 2020. ‘Corona has made many of us slow down and think about our everyday lives. And suddenly there were more people who went and thought about what I had been thinking about for so long. Greta Thunberg has put Sweden on the world map and I also wanted to do something to open people’s eyes to the climate issue. But I’m not an “eco-warrior” and Earth Voices is not a particularly political or even preaching work. It is hopefully more durable than that.’