Invitation to Love won First Prize in Category 3 of The King’s Singers New Music Prize. Category 3 is for children’s choir and the piece works equally well for women’s voices. This is the world premiere given 28 February 2021 by Cathedra, directed by Michael McCarthy, at Washington National Cathedral.
The text is by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) who was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Ohio to freed slaves from Kentucky, he became one of the first influential Black poets in American literature.