Propellor brings together soloists, writers and ensemble players from backgrounds as diverse as the English Baroque Soloists, amplified ensemble - Decibel, folk septet The Fair Rain (The Old Dance School), The Harborough Collective, CHROMA, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, improvisers from The Destroyers and the Glowrogues, electro-acoustic experimentalists from the Hidden Orchestra and collaborators with Britten Sinfonia and the Manchester Camerata. Over the last two years Jack has been developing this project and an ambitious new concert-length work with the group and mentor Aidan O'Rourke (LAU) ,on the Open Space residency programme at Snape Maltings in Suffolk...

Loom (n.) The slow and silent movement of water in a deep pool (Cumbria)

Propellor's new work, Loom, follows a watercourse backwards from sea to sky, the sound intricately plotted on an ambisonic speaker rig which envelopes the audience in the sound of the ensemble and blurs the lines and expectations of genre and performance space. Recordings of beach, pool and mountain waterways become new percussion and shared stories and field recordings are woven into the narrative. Illustrator Bethan Lumb's emotive sketches chart a visual journey with the photography of John Beatty...

Propellor invites you come on a journey. Move, let your ears dive into the sound and if you feel like it, seek out your own way of listening in the space.

Propellor are:

Jack McNeill clarinets

David Le Page violin

Cath Leech violin

Kay Stephen viola

Clare O'Connell cello

Sebastiano Dessanay double bass

Charlie Wild fiddle

Aaron Diaz trumpet

Martyn Sanderson trombone/sackbut

Robin Beatty guitars

Jim Molyneux percussion/accordion

Joe Acheson live electronics

Tim Southorn sound design



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Photographs by Elly Lucas