Undersong places you at the meeting point between threads of music. Voices weave amongst you and around the space, from a whispered duet to a screaming mob.
Nine singers build a vibrant language of a cappella music and movement as they bring to life a series of brand new compositions, which move between tender and expansive.
You will be the very first people to experience Undersong, staged in three strikingly different venues across the festival. Music is always at the heart of Verity Standen’s work. She creates sound worlds, using intricate vocal techniques and rich harmony. She has established a reputation around the UK and internationally for her innovative approach to music-making, exploring myriad ways audiences can experience the voice.
This show takes place at three locations across the festival, including Chapter House at Bristol Cathedral (11 — 12 May), St Georges (14 — 15 May) and Barton Hill Settlement (18 — 20 May).
Produced in association with MAYK.
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Song erupts around you... it's startling, moving and genuinely immersive.
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Feels like the most immediate, visceral experience of music as human expression possible... like an antenna to heaven.
Time Out on Verity Standen's HUG
Standen's surprising, ingenious compositions force us to hear the human voice in ways not previously imagined.
Exeunt Magazine on Verity Standen's Mmm Hmmm
About Verity Standen
Music is always at the heart of Bristol-based artist/composer Verity Standen's work. She creates sound worlds, using intricate vocal techniques and rich harmony. She has established a reputation around the UK and internationally for her innovative approach to music-making, exploring myriad ways audiences can experience the human voice and how it can be celebrated and transformed through live performance.
Previous projects include:
- HUG (Winner, Off West End TBC Award 2016), which has toured to Poland, Belgium, China and the Czech Republic, forming a new choir in each location.
- Mmm Hmmm, an a cappella song cycle that has been performed across the UK from Scottish islands to the National Theatre. Refrain, a choral work, inspired by conscientious objection, performed by groups of local men in three historic sites across England, produced by Situations.