Unprecedented times call for unprecedented art.
Amidst seemingly endless obstacles to live concerts, we embraced restrictions and used social distancing as a creative device. Three cinematic films shot in the visually-stunning surroundings of Hackney's Round Chapel immerse the viewer within the orchestra, as if wandering through a live performance led by conductor Chloé van Soeterstède.
To be released weekly across December 2020, these films explore music by Cecilia McDowall, Jessie Montgomery, Sally Beamish, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor for a new, intimate, digital concert experience.
Watch all three Round Chapel Sessions below.
Produced in partnership with Teralon Media
With grateful thanks to The Scops Arts Trust
Out of the mist and across the Maidenhead Viaduct a gauge engine appears. A pair of clarinets dance like hares across the tracks; the shimmering strings paint a pastoral landscape. JMW Turner’s painting of the same name provides the inspiration for Cecilia McDowall’s atmospheric and symphonic journey along the Great Western Railway.
Relentlessly rhythmic, Starburst depicts the unpredictable nature of a group of stars so powerful it changes the structure of an entire galaxy. Jagged, fiery violin gestures compete with the ice-cool gloss of string harmonics, creating a musical supernova of light and colour.
A second bolt of rhythmic lighting and we’re left breathless by a riot of sounds and textures. 'Reckless' rips open the orchestra to reveal the inner workings in all its technicolour and – well, reckless – glory.
'Schmaltz' is not always a bad word. These charming Novellettens tell the story of violins waltzing around the dance floor; cellos weeping through nostalgic tunes and violas longing for more than just an “oom-pah-pah”. The basses and percussion add a touch of humour and spice – they’re the true heroes of this tale.
The Creative Team
Chloé van Soeterstède Conductor
James Ivey Sound Engineer
Felix Lo Orchestra Manager
Crystal Feng Orchestra Assistant & Librarian