Canopy of Voices includes the world premiere of composer Supriya Nagarajan’s Pleiades Ne Maia, presented alongside a performance by four local choirs.

Pleiades ne Maia was inspired by the luminous seven star cluster that has a presence in world cultures. Middle-eastern phrases intermingled with buddhist zen while a traditional church anthem sat at the core forming an effortless bridge between cultures, genres and traditions.

Working with Hoot Creative Arts Choir, University Oof Huddersfield choirs, a choir made up from the refugee and asylum seeker community and York’s Stonegate Singers, Canopy of Voices created a programme inspired by the connections between Indian and contemporary classical music.

Co-produced by hcmf// and Manasamitra


Peyee Chen – soprano
Christopher O’Gorman – tenor
Jonathan Hanley – tenor
Ben Howarth – bass
James Cave – cello / composition
Duncan Chapman – live electronics / composition
Karin De Fleyt – flute
Lucy Nolan – harp
Beau Stocker – percussion