Canadian composer, conductor, and educator Sarah Quartel is known for her fresh and exciting approach to choral music. Her works have been performed throughout North America and featured by groups such as the National Youth Choir of Canada, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and the a cappella group Rajaton. She became a conductor with Viva Children's Choirs in 2011, and continues to work as a guest clinician at various music education and choral events throughout Canada.
The composer writes that: 'The work asks listeners to see the tremendous potential present in our children. It celebrates love, beauty, and the strength that a child's voice can bring to our troubled world.' The work's musical language is direct and unchallenging, aiming to create an 'ethereal and mystical realm' (as noted on the composer's website), though contrast is provided with a brief change into an 'emphatic anthem with a distinctly African feel' (provided in part by the added drum). This contrast matches well the hip Angel present in Narration 2, complete with tattoos and nose piercing. * Geoffrey Webber, Choir & Organ July 2017 *