FROM A ‘SONIC BONNET’ TO THE FIRST PLAY OF A STUNNING NEW ORGAN

Further details for Proms at ... Battersea Arts Centre (Saturday 27 July) have been released as the festival prepares for a special takeover of the newly refurbished venue for a showcase of provocative, witty and boundary-crossing composer-performers.

Previously announced acts Crewdson & Cevanne, Oliver Coates and Jennifer Walshe will be joined by experimental choral collective Musarc, the Mercury Prize Award-nominated Kit Downes and composer, performer and director Neil Luck.

Curated by BBC Radio 3 presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, the event will feature a collection of artists who have been driving new music in previously unimagined directions, including experiments with new instruments, electronics and the outer limits of the human voice.

Presented by BBC Radio 3’s Georgia Mann, this will be a ‘Promming-only’ (standing) event with tickets available on the day for just £6. Audiences can also book in advance as tickets go on sale tomorrow at 9am via the Royal Albert Hall, with further tickets to be released next week through Battersea Arts Centre.

Bringing their brand of electronic folk to the Battersea Arts Centre stage, Crewdson & Cevanne will blend vocals with harp and electronic sounds played on DIY instruments, in a performance which promises to be a compelling fusion of avant-garde and traditional music. Cevanne will bring the pioneering ‘Sonic Bonnet’, a live performance instrument consisting of reactive metal objects and motion sensors that trigger sounds.

London-based cellist and producer, Oliver Coates has previously performed with the likes of Jonny Greenwood, Actress and Steve Reich. A winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award, Coates will bring his unique sound to Battersea Arts Centre, coupling cello with rhythmic electronic landscapes.

The Battersea Arts Centre stage will also host composer, performer and vocalist Jennifer Walshe, whose body of work boasts operatic, visual and theatrical performance, and uses an array of extended vocal techniques.

One of the UK’s most exciting jazz talents, composer, organist and pianist Kit Downes, who has previously been nominated for a Mercury Music Prize Award, will give the first public performance on the stunning new organ at Battersea Arts Centre in a fully improvised live performance.

Composer, theatre director and sound experimentalist Neil Luck will also lead a special live performance with a range of guests, including violist James McIlwrath, cellist Rebecca Burden and Mary-Ann Hushlak (live audio description).

Elsewhere, Musarc, one of the UK’s most progressive choral collectives, known for combining education with the arts and challenging more traditional methods of making music, will bring together choral vocals, experimental sounds and visual arts.

Speaking ahead of this special, one-off event, BBC Proms Director David Pickard said: “We are thrilled to be bringing such an exciting and eclectic Prom to the stunning Battersea Arts Centre. With unique live performance spectacles set against the backdrop of one of the most beautifully refurbished venues in London, Proms at … Battersea Arts Centre is set to be an event full of delights and surprises.”

 

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