12th June 2017 marked a year since the horrific events that took place at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. It feels right to share a recording of Steven Calver's piece 'Night Song' for 12 voices, written in memory of the victims of the attack. We hope this piece and its meaning can give you what it gave us when we performed it - a moment of quiet, away from the unpredictable times we live in.

A few words from the composer, Steven Calver:
The shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12th, 2016, stands not only as the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in the history of the United States, but also as the most horrendous attack on the LGBT community in our collective history. Since the nineteen-sixties, the LGBT community has fought tirelessly for our basic human rights, inextricably linked to the overall basic need for safety; to feel safe in a world where homophobia and hate-crimes are still far too present. The Orlando shooting was a direct attack on that safety; a gunman shot continuously into the gathered crowd, killing 49 people and injuring 53, and turned a safe space for LGBT people into a place of fear, panic and blood-shed. It was a deliberate, pre-determined attack on us, our community and our safety.

Incidents of terror and hatred leave families and communities devastated, as we have seen more recently here in Manchester and London. And though hatred will always fail in the face of love, with communities coming together to show support and fight against those that try to instil fear, the intricate sadness of knowing that a lover, friend or family member has been the victim of such hateful acts as these, is something that many of us can never truly comprehend. My heart goes out to anyone who has been affected by these attacks.

Night Song was written in memoriam the victims of the Pulse attack and uses text from Song of Songs, the most secular book of the Bible, as a lament for the loss of a loved one.

At night, I awoke alone in my bed
And looked for the one whom my soul loves.
I looked for him but could not find him.

I will rise now and go about the city,
Through it’s streets and it’s squares.
I will look for the one whom my heart loves.

I looked for him but could not find him.