Jocelyn Pook: Anxiety Fanfare

The Public Programme

The Anxiety Fanfare is a musical exploration of everyday mental health disorders.

Culture& worked 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  and at the Royal Festival Hall.

Written in five movements, the Anxiety Fanfare was performed by the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble and the community singers of the London International Gospel Choir led by Naveen Arles. The performances featured 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.

The concerts featured a unique collaboration with computer scientist Reyer Zwiggelaar, who developed new profiling technology based on biometric data. Wearable sensors detect changes in a person’s mood and emotion by taking thermal  readings of performers and trigger a photographic back projection during vocal performances. By displaying individual and aggregate heart rate, blood pressure, galvanic skin temperature and kinetic movement, the audience was able to visualise levels of anxiety throughout the piece.

Listen to the live performance on BBC Radio 3.

Sunday 2 July 2017

Albemarle Music Centre
60 Ferensway
Hull HU2 8LN

Sunday 9 July 2017

Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd
London SE1 8XX

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