About Pictures of Life

Our mission statement:

“TO USE MUSIC AND THE CREATIVE ARTS TO HELP TEACH RESPECT FOR OUR SHARED ENVIRONMENT AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS TO WORK TOGETHER IN UNITY, TOWARDS THE COMMON GOAL OF PROTECTING OUR PLANET AND ALL ITS SPECIES”

Pictures of Life is composed in three acts and starts with a stirring orchestral overture, THE BEGINNING.

Act One PICTURES OF LIFE conjures up images of the wonderful variety of creatures on our planet.

Act Two SAVE OUR WORLD in which the Eagle leads the conversation between creatures under threat and humans, with solo parts for Eagle, Polar Bear and the Bird. The role of Gaia represents the voice of the Earth. A barbershop quartet provides the voice of greedy humans – the “avaricious bipeds” – lending pace and humour to a serious message.

Act Three TOMORROW’S CHILD is an anthem of hope honouring the achievements of the human race and grows from a whisper to a great crescendo and a triumphant finale, in the belief that humanity will learn and, through the aspirations and vision of the next generation, eventually bring the world together with respect for all life.

Pictures of Life was first previewed in London on St Pancras International Station with an amateur choir, and then at the Camden Centre, with Steve Edis conducting. The piece can be staged in a variety of ways from a school choir accompanied by a keyboard, ensemble, or orchestra with chorus. This allows for optimum flexibility as a one-off event or touring production to fit both indoor and outdoor staging. Ultimately, it is intended that Pictures of Life will become a stage spectacular blending dance, visual effects and striking costuming, themed to different locations and cultures, reflecting the universal feel of the music and the story.

A studio recording CD of Pictures of Life is available at £9.99 plus postage and packing.

Digital downloads and musical scores will be available from early 2016. For further information send us a message using the “Request Info” tab on the home page.

Extract from Act Three – Tomorrow’s Child

“We can go further still, we have the heart
We have the will
We are Tomorrow’s Child, a sacred destiny
To make a caring world for all
Within one family tree.
We are all in the picture, here to the stars,
Part of creation whoever we are.
Pictures of life, pictures of life
Brilliant and perfectly clear
Pictures of Life, pictures of life
How lucky I am to be here!!”

Pictures of Life, all rights reserved © Lionel Oscar Segal