In 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban. She survived, and has gone on to advocate equality for women and children around the world u2013 wi
ing a Nobel Peace Prize in the process.
Composer Kate Whitley has now written Speak Out, a choral-orchestral piece commissioned by BBC Radio 3 setting Yousafzai’s landmark 2013 United Nations speech about education.
‘As the speech is a call to raise our voices, it makes me very happy that it will be sung by a large choir, that so many voices will rise to share the message of education for all,’ says Yousafzai.
We caught up with the composer to find out more…
How are you feeling about the first rehearsals for your piece Speak Out?
Very excited! Especially to meet the kids. I can’t wait.”