In 2015 composer John K Miles was invited to create a new choral piece for Andover with the aim of involving local singers and communities. An open call to Andover residents resulted in the forming of community singing group Andover Voices and the participation of 4 local schools - Clatford Church of England Primary School, Icknield School, Portway Junior School and The Mark Way School.

A series of workshops took place enabling participants to contribute to the creation of a new song cycle for Andover. Voices of Andover explores the history, geography and culture of the town and what it means to live there.

The project culminated in two performances at The Lights, Andover. On 22nd March the participating schools came together to share their Voices of Andover songs, and on 23rd March the full song cycle was premiered by Andover Voices, and school participants. The performances were directed by John K Miles and included a professional ensemble with Adriano Adewale (percussion), Dave Manington (bass), Lucy Railton (cello), Jack Ross (guitar).

 Watch the Voices of Andover documentary

John K Miles is a successful composer of numerous film and television scores who has written for theatre, jazz groups, world music ensembles, and the classical concert hall. Concert commissions include On Golden Cap written for the opening of the Olympic Sailing in 2012, for 180 voices, vibraphone, strings and percussion, and Carnival Suite written for The City of London Sinfonia and 19 Luton Schools - recorded for Charanga and published by Music Sales in 2015. He has worked with many of the UK’s top orchestras - The London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sinfonia Viva and describes his music as ‘where groove and improvisation meets classical development’. He is a professor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. johnkmiles.com