The Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Théry and the pianist Christia Hudziy are driven by the wish to bring classical music to publics who can’t access it, because of the social and cultural fracture. Their work led them to give concerts in prisons and they decided to develop it. Today, they propose vocal and musical workshops in prisons : a long term work for the inmates to rediscover their voice and get acquainted with classical music.
The origin of SOTTO VOCE is the idea that classical music speaks to all, no matter the sex, age, level of education or nationality. Unfortunately, in todays world where the social and cultural fracture is strong, only a small part of the population has acces or feel concerned by synmphonic concerts, chamber music or opera. This is why Sarah Thery – Mezzo-Soprano decided to create SOTTO VOCE : a project that proposes pedagogical récitals in schools, homeless shelters, hospitals, refugee center. In duetts, trios or quartetts, the project brings the classical music outside the normal concerts venues in order to meet new publics, open a dialog and connect the pieces to our contemporary world.
In november 2017, SOTTO VOCE gave a concert in the high security prison of Ittre in Belgium. This powerful experience gave the impuls to push the project further. Indeed, the time frame of a concert was too short to build a sustainable bridge. Since october, SOTTO VOCE proposes workshops in the high security prison of Leuze : a long terme work for the inmates to rediscover their voice and get acquainted with classical music. By developing the tools of a singer – posture, breathing, resonnanze – the inmates are invited to listen the world with new ears and express themselves with a new voice.
SOTTO VOCE hopes to developp those workshops to other institutions, especially refugee centers or female prisons.