a three-year project
2017 - exit process is triggered
"Invoking 50 Articles"
In 2017, as a response to Britain's vote to leave the European Union, Hugh and Steve (both men) created a new singing ritual for Soprano voices, Alto voices, Tenor voices, Bass voices, glockenspiel, amplified guitar, violin, triangle, vocoder, one video feed, four umbrellas, printouts of every British prime minister from Heath to May and a paper shredder.
The show toured across the South West of England and featured the Choral Engineers, a restlessly creative community choir comprised of members who voted to leave and members who voted to remain. 'Invoking 50 Articles' is distinctly non-tribal in its approach to Brexit; exploring faith, rituals and the limitations of binary politics.
Read here a reflective review of the piece by Erin Walcon (Doorstep Arts) which also features some stills captured at the first performance.
2018 - negotiation process ongoing
"Dancing on Eggshells"
April 1st (Easter Sunday) saw the first public airing of Dancing on Eggshells, a hallucinatory choral performance about the art of negotiation, again featuring the Choral Engineers, this time wearing formal business attire and angel wings (or blindfolds).
Inspired by current political wrangling, the Lilliputian dilemma, the paintings of Pieter Aertsen, Leeds band Adult Jazz and the singing voice of Jackie Oates, the piece is performed against backing tracks and narrated by The Speaker (Jonathan Croose) who leads the choir through some curious egg dances.
2019 - brexit means brexit
"refugee status babel-land"
In late March 2019, as Britain formalises its future relationships with with the world beyond its hard or soft borders, the Choral Engineers will migrate to a new and special location to perform the final piece of the triptych alongside 'Invoking 50 Articles' and 'Dancing on Eggshells'.