Stratford Literary Festival ran a lyric writing competition to celebrate this year’s festival theme “My Voice”. I was commissioned to write a melody and choral arrangement for the winning words “My Voice Sings” by Eileen Edward and to lead a new choir in a festival performance. In one day the scratch choir came together to rehearse the piece before performing at the Stratford Artshouse. We warmed up for Paul Merton. What a day.