Jocelyn Pook: Anxiety Fanfare

Commissioned for the Anxiety Arts Festival in 2014 and premièred at London’s leading chamber music venue, the Wigmore Hall, the Anxiety Fanfare is a musical exploration of everyday mental health disorders.

Culture& is working with renowned contemporary composer Jocelyn Pook to stage a new production of her Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voices as part of the PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial at Albemarle Music Centre as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 on 2 July and Royal Festival Hall, Clore Ballroom at 2pm on 9 July. The Hull performance will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Written in five movements, the Anxiety Fanfare will be performed by the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble and the community singers of the London International Gospel Choir led by Naveen Arles. The performances will feature the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble with the composer on viola with vocal soloists soprano Lore Lixenberg, mezzo soprano Melanie Pappenheim, counter tenor and conductor Jonathan Peter Kenny and bass George Ikediashi

Watch the trailer here:

The concerts will feature a unique collaboration with computer scientist Reyer Zwiggelaar from Aberystwyth University who has developed specially designed wearable technology that will respond to the level of anxiety in the vocal soloists and trigger a photographic back projection during the performances.

The work is an exploration of the everyday experience of anxiety and extends the multi-award winning composer’s interest in the experience of mental illness, which she explored in her 2012 ground-breaking work Hearing Voices which premièred at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the BBC Concert Orchestra’s Exstatica and H7steria series.

Free tickets now available:

Book Sunday 2nd July, Albemarle Music Centre, Hull

Book Sunday 9th July, Royal Festival Hall, London

If you missed the performances, you can listen to the BBC Radio 3 broadcast on BBC iPlayer.

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Photo Courtesy London International Gospel Choir