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Pete Murdoch – Birds of Hell

One of the very best songwriters around at the moment, Pete Murdoch (a.k.a.Birds of Hell) has been picking up a lot of plaudits recently for his extraordinary, eerily atmospheric and eclectic tales of Clint Eastwood, being eaten by snakes and dogging. Abetted by Iain Lowery, Carl Cole, Alan Southgate and some dead relatives too, the previous single Boa reached #11 in the UK vinyl chart. His new single Astronomy Programmes is receiving lots of attention from BBC6 Music, Radio 1 etc.

Pete Murdoch

Birds of Hell will be performing as part of Vocal Invention on Saturday 21st May in a concert which also features The Neutrinos and Ross Sutherland.

Tickets for that concert here

Also a highly-experienced workshop leader, Pete will be running  a session from 3pm called ‘Starman Strategies’  In this fun and hands-on workshop he will explore some of the creative methods of David Bowie.’Cut up’ lyric writing,  graphic scores, subverting instruments, writing in character, Eno’s Oblique Strategies – all of these approaches will be used collaboratively creating, playing and singing ‘our own song’. There may well be a bit of Philly Soul, Kraftwerk or drum and bass or make a glam rock monster! Bring your voices and if you like, your own instruments. Some instruments and amplification will be provided.

Workshop tickets here

Brief biography

Pete Murdoch’s music can broadly be divided into two categories: music for kids and music for adults. He’s about to release an album of kid’s music ‘that grown-ups won’t hate’ under the name of Henhouse (think ska version of 5 Little Monkeys sung by Ray Winston). And for the adults there is Birds of Hell where, using guitar, vocoder and tape recordings of dead relatives, he renders songs on subjects ranging from his family to being eaten by snakes and Clint Eastwood. Pete is a former member of Norwich favourites Sargasso Trio who enjoyed numerous sessions for BBC 6Music as well releasing records in Japan, America and Europe. He is also an experienced music tutor delivering workshops for over 10 years with children and adults.

 


Rehearsing brass for Souvenir – London

Sounding good from the off. Here’s Yusuf and Jamie playing Chant #souvenir

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Ideas of Flight 2014 – a return to St Benet’s Abbey

In collaboration with Norfolk Archaeology Trust, The Voice Project is returning to St Benet’s Abbey in June 2014 to mark the culmination of the two-year Conservation, Access and Community project in June 2014 –  and you can join in!

Local singers are invited to take part in two performances of the piece, at 8.00pm on Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 June 2014, staged in the extraordinary landscape of the Broads and the ruins of St Benet’s Abbey.  You don’t have to be able to read music as everything is taught by ear, and The Voice Project has recordings of all the music for you to download.

If you’d like to find out more, and are available for the performance dates in June, please come along to the free taster session on Sat 25th January 2014 2.00-4.00pm at Ludham Village Hall. Free but booking essential: info@stbenetsabbey.org

 

Ideas Of Flight credit JMA PHOTOGRAPHY-1045

St Benet’s Abbey, Ideas of Flight, The Voice Project, Norfolk & Norwich Festival May 2013 (JMA Photography)


The Voice Project Perform at Norwich Cathedral Saturday 14th December

This Saturday at Norwich Cathedral – two evocative, seasonal shows (7 & 9pm) with The Voice Project Choir and Human Music. Songs by Helen Chadwick, Karen Wimhurst, Meredith Monk and Jonathan Baker. Words by Tennyson, Andrew McDonnell, Kathleen Raine, Maura Dooley and Agnes Lehoczky. Tickets from Norwich Arts Centre for the 7pm performance and the 9pm performance and from the Cathedral Shop – 01603 218450

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The Voice Project at Norwich Cathedral (photo by Phil Sayer)

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Nocturne – a new winter show by The Voice Project Saturday December 14th

This Saturday at Norwich Cathedral – two evocative, seasonal shows (7 & 9pm) with The Voice Project Choir and Human Music. Songs by Helen Chadwick, Karen Wimhurst, Meredith Monk and Jonathan Baker. Words by Tennyson, Andrew McDonnell, Kathleen Raine, Maura Dooley and Agnes Lehoczky. Tickets from Norwich Arts Centre for the 7pm performance and the 9pm performance and from the Cathedral Shop – 01603 218450

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The Voice Project at Norwich Cathedral (photo by Phil Sayer)

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Nocturne – a new winter show by The Voice Project Saturday December 14th

This Saturday at Norwich Cathedral – two evocative, seasonal shows (7 & 9pm) with The Voice Project Choir and Human Music. Songs by Helen Chadwick, Karen Wimhurst, Meredith Monk and Jonathan Baker. Words by Tennyson, Andrew McDonnell, Kathleen Raine, Maura Dooley and Agnes Lehoczky. Tickets from Norwich Arts Centre for the 7pm performance and the 9pm performance and from the Cathedral Shop – 01603 218450

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The Voice Project at Norwich Cathedral (photo by Phil Sayer)

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Sunday rehearsal for Nocturne


Human Music in The Cloisters rehearsing Nocturne

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Norwich Cathedral Cloisters 2nd December 2013 – L-R Sharon Durant, Sian Croose, Jon Baker, Rebecca Askew

Nocturne – December 14th. Tickets from the Cathedral Shop and Norwich Arts Centre

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Human Music at The Voice Project’s Nocturne December 14th

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Human Music L-R Dave Camlin, Sharon Durant, Helen Chadwick, Jon Baker, Sian Croose, Katherine Zeserson – seated: Sianed Jones

The vocal acapella group will be performing with The Voice Project Choir on Saturday December 14th. They originally got together for ‘Singing the Building’, Katherine Zeserson’s initiative to sing in (and compose for) all the acoustics of a building: in this case the Sage Gateshead at the building’s inception in 2006. Since then they have recorded in caves in the Lake District and created ‘Singing the Building’ shows for the RSC and the British Museum.

More info about the show on Facebook and on Google +

 

 


Ely Station

Ely Station by Sian Croose

The waiting room smells of bleach

Of warm newspapers and tired food.

The mopped floor a memory

Of a Polish boy on the minimum wage

And the hope of something else.

 

Lean your head on the window.

Outside the greyness hangs in patches,

Mist and rain like wet washing,

The odd standing figure on the opposite platform

In another film,  not yours.

 

The light reduces towards evening.

Minutes drip away,

Steam sticks to the walls

And the sad shoulders of the man at the next table

Hunch a little more.

 

Through the glass,

Three smokers exhale in different directions.

Inside, the woman with calls to make

Finds her place in the world.

It’s not here.