It's named after a mysterious Orcadian island...

Erland Cooper combines with vocal ensemble Shards on new EP 'Eynhallow'.

The ever-productive composer recently took over London's Barbican venue for a very special evening, with a handful of specially selected guests.

This collaborative spirit imbues his new project with a bold sense of ambition, with 'Eynhallow' featuring Shards.

The experimental vocal ensemble expand on Erland's work, with the triptych harking back to a mysterious Orcadian island.

Abandoned following an epidemic in 1851, it currently houses nothing but a ruined church.

Erland explains that he seeks to conjure “the choral music sung in this lost kirk to warm against the winds that shook it.”

Of the choral settings, he adds: “I wanted to explore the intimacy of a quartet of voices between soprano, alto, tenor, bass and how wide and fragile that could be, pushing the depth of field in sound with less voices than a normal larger scale choir.”

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