Emile Deedes-Vincke (b. 1999) grew up in North Vancouver and recently graduated with a Diploma in Music from Capilano University. He wrote music and performed as Laudate Singer’s composer-in-residence for their 24th and 25th seasons. After joining his first choir in 2016 at Seycove Secondary School, he wrote his first piece near the end of that school year. He quickly fell in love with the choral world and found his passion for composition. The Seycove Secondary Chamber Choir performed his piece Winter in 2018, and in 2019 Emile and the choir were invited to record the piece for a CBC documentary called High Arctic Haulers. The Capilano University Singers also performed his composition, Winter, on their Okanagan tour in February 2019, and took his Laudate Dominum on their 2019 tour to Italy. Laudate Singers performed his piece Stars in March 2020, Steep Song in March 2021, and Where the Earth is Quiet in July 2021. His piece Ignite, commissioned by Laudate in May 2019, is now published on Cypress Music and has received significant exposure. Ignite was a chosen workshop piece at the Cap Choral Intensive in 2020, a part of Capilano University Singers’ February 2020 tour to the Okanagan, as well as the chosen piece for a virtual choir done by CMYC..
by Emile Deedes-Vincke
SATB – with piano – CP 1817 – duration 4:30
From despair to hope, from darkness to light; commissioned by Laudate Singers, Ignite is a joy to sing. This original composition and poem is intended to inspire listeners with with a message of hope. Singers and listeners will reflect on the light within each of us.
The piano part falls nicely under the fingers. With long lines, a beautiful melody, and intuitive voice leading, this song is a great choice for choirs of all ages and abilities.