Sussex based producers James Morgan and Juliette Pochin, have worked with artists from Alfie Boe to Sir Cliff Richard, Pete Townshend to the London Symphony Orchestra. They recently had a top 5 hit with The Poor Clare Sisters of Arundel but due to lockdown, they’ve been unable to work with any choirs. Choral groups have been unable to sing together for much of the last year because of the increased risks of group singing with the pandemic. So, they created Vocalise; where Juliette is the choir! They recorded multiple takes of Juliette’s voice and James used software techniques in their home studio to create new choral reimaginings of famous pieces of music.
The first single is based on Beethoven’s Pathétique Sonata, though as James pointed out; “We’re not the first to use this glorious melody as a song, Billy Joel used it on his Innocent Man album in the 1980s.”
Juliette added: “We both love working with choirs but as that isn’t possible at the moment, it has forced us to be more creative to find that lovely warm, emotional quality you get with a choral sound, but just using my voice.”
James and Juliette’s careers as producers and composers have led them to work for all the major record labels and with artists as diverse as Robert Plant to Dame Vera Lynn as well as on films such as Quartet, and concerts in the Royal Albert Hall.
Pathétique is now available on all digital platforms.