Featured on: Beneath The Sky
Collaborator: Louise Driscoll
Associated Artists: Zoe Allen
On August 20, 2021, Shokat Projects welcomes the world-premiere recording of Georgia Stitt’s “Hold Fast Your Dreams,” performed by the wife-and-husband team, soprano Zoe Allen and conductor/pianist Christopher Allen. “Hold Fast Your Dreams” is the first single from the Allens’ upcoming album (out September 7, 2021), Beneath the Sky.
Hold Fast Your Dreams was written by Georgia Stitt in response to Zoe Allen’s request for a song exploring the experience of becoming a mother. The resulting art song is joyfully informed by Ms. Stitt’s fluency in the immediacy and expressivity of musical theatre, and is performed with a personal edge by Ms. Allen.
On the lyrics (a poem by Louise Driscoll, see below), Georgia Stitt says, “When Zoe and I started talking about including a new piece of mine on this album, I knew I wanted to find a text by a female poet that celebrated motherhood but didn’t romanticize it. This 1916 poem spoke so clearly to me, suggesting that a mother’s desire is to raise a child with hope even when the surrounding world seeks to crush it. That need feels as relevant now as it must have a hundred years ago, and I was thrilled to get to write music that linked all of us mothers — Louise Driscoll, Zoe Allen, and me — across time.”
Hold fast your dreams!