April 28, 2021

‘If 1 In 4 Pregnancies Ends In Loss, Why Do I Feel So Alone?’

Ailie Robertson

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3 Female Voices1 in 4, 2019

This piece was part of a song-cycle written for Sound Festival exploring issues around Motherhood. In the UK, it is estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss during pregnancy or birth. Whilst losing a friend or relative activates an immediate support network of sympathy and understanding, losing a baby can bring a lonely silence, and is often a taboo subject. The only way to lift the secrecy surrounding the issue is to begin speaking more candidly – that way the research, sympathy and openness that miscarriage deserves will finally be granted. The piece was written for an ensemble of 3 voices, singing the text ‘1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss, so why do I feel so alone’. The three singers act as a cohesive unit, yet move independently through the piece in their own time, reflecting the idea that despite miscarriage being such a widely experienced event, in the moment it can be hugely isolating and lonely for those going through it.