Derek Walmsley with Chris Watson and Claire M Singer

Organ Reframed: In Conversation

Sat 17 Sep 2022 - 5:45pm

Derek Walmsley, editor of the Wire Magazine will lead Chris Watson and Claire M Singer in conversation. Together they will explore the creative processes that lead to Voci del Vento, an immersive aural journey from Pole to Pole 


In a world-premiere, award-winning sound recordist, Chris Watson (David Attenborough’s long-term collaborator on the Life series and recent collaborator on Chernobyl by Oscar winner Hildur Guðnadóttir) and award-winning composer Claire M Singer (known for her experimental approach to organ and her critically acclaimed releases on Touch) will present their new, multichannel diffusion work for field recordings, organ, the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir.

“I’m genuinely excited by the prospect of collaborating with Claire and the LCO in creating a global journey through a range of acoustic landscapes” – Chris Watson

The composition will incorporate the soundscapes of habitats northwards from Antarctica to the Arctic captured by Watson processed and diffused live over a multi channel set up brought in specially for the event with a live score from Singer echoing a musical response to the sound and spirit of each location. Together the music featuring brass, strings, voice, electronics and organ located around the chapel and Watson’s field recordings interweave taking the listener on an immersive aural journey from Pole to Pole. Both on the 39 year running innovative audio-visual label Touch, this is Watson and Singer’s first collaboration. Separately known to draw inspiration from their deep connection with space and place their two sound worlds are merged together for one night at the internationally renowned festival of experimental organ music, now in its fourth year.   

 “Chris’ field recordings are extraordinarily beautiful and inspiring. They project a strong sense of place full of intricate melodies and abstract textures. It is hugely exciting to create a musical response to these masterpieces with Union Chapel’s great 1877 Henry Willis organ and the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir” – Claire M Singer


*Please note: If you would like to purchase the festival pass you must add all three Organ Reframed paid events for the discount to be applied at the checkout*


Additional Events:

Chris Watson and Claire M Singer Voce del Vento, an immersive journey from Pole to Pole with the London Contemporary Orchestra


Organ Reframed 2022 is brought to you by Union Chapel Project, in partnership with the London Contemporary OrchestraSpitfire Audio and The Wire Magazine with generous support from Arts Council EnglandPRS for Music Foundation and the Institute of Physics.