Reach Out and Touch - A Confrontational Cantata

by Ian Blick & Tony Brown

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Blurb
This cantata was written in response to the events of 9/11 and is scored for full symphony orchestra, two children’s choirs, a semi-chorus, soloists and narrator. It can also be performed with just a piano accompaniment or CD backing tracks. 

Ages: 8 - 16

Performance time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Vocal Parts: Two large children's choirs, a semi-chorus, solo child, soprano, tenor, narrator.

Synopsis:
Reach out and Touch is a story of two groups of people, the Wiggies - people with big hair, and the Waggies - people with big ears. They don’t exactly get on (If it Wasn’t for Them). Both groups are very proud of their identity (Hymn to Hair), (When you’ve got Ears). When the Wiggies discover that they have a great supply of a very valuable substance on their land, they find out that they can make a lot of money and that with their new-found wealth, comes power (Money is Power). They start to buy new things from the other rich and powerful countries and wonder what they could build with the profits (Prelude to Build you a Life). They build roads and  new houses, schools and retail outlets  (Build you a Life). However, they soon realise that they can get rid of their enemies,(Pick up a Stone). They build a big wall around their country and ban all Waggies from living inside it (Sticks and Stones).This cause widespread movement of refugees who are treated with hate and contempt by the Wiggies. (Lamb to the Slaughter). Meanwhile, back in their own country, the Waggies are getting very angry about the treatment of the refugees and the tension mounts on both sides, until the feud escalates into full-scale war between the two sides (War), whilst the rich and powerful countries get even richer and more powerful by supplying both sides with what they need.(Just Business). In the middle of all this, the people who are suffering most are the innocent refugees - as in most wars in recent times. (Lamb to the Slaughter - Reprise). The story ends with the song (Reach Out and Touch) reminding us all that we are not so different.

Songs 
If it Wasn't for Them
Hymn to Hair
When You've got Ears
Money is Power
Build you a Life
Pick up a Stone
Sticks and Stones
Lamb to the Slaughter
War
Just Business
Reach Out and Touch

Videos
If it Wasn't for Them
Hymn to Hair
When You've got Ears
Money is Power
Prelude to Build you a Life
Build you a Life
Pick up a Stone
Sticks and Stones
Lamb to the Slaughter
War
Just Business
Lamb to the Slaughter (reprise)
Reach Out and Touch
Reach Out and Touch Full Performance

Script and Score:
Piano Score Example
Orchestral Score Example

Orchestra Instrumentation:
Piccolo
2 Flutes
2 Oboes
Cor Anglais
2 Clarinets in Bb
Bass Clarinet
2 Bassoons
Contra Bassoon
4 Horns in F
2 trumpets in Bb
2 Tenor Trombones
Bass Trombone
Tuba
Percussion
Drum Kit
Electric Guitar
Bass Guitar
Harp
Piano
Violin 1
Violin 2
Violas
Cellos
Double Bass

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