Surrounded By Strangers

Part of Chorus

Southbank Centre’s Voicelab vocal initiative is looking for 28 singers to take part in a workshop weekend with Hilmar Örn Agnarsson and Eyvind Gulbrandsen on Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 May, before performing with the South Iceland Chamber Choir on Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 July in Chorus. For more information and to apply, please fill in this form by 6pm, Monday 8 May.

The piece asks both performers and audiences how it feels to be surrounded by strangers, addressing themes of loneliness and alienation in this increasingly busy, hyper-connected world.

Immerse yourself in the singing voices of Kammerkór Suðurlands (South Iceland Chamber Choir) and singers from Southbank Centre’s Voicelab in Surrounded by Strangers.

Looking into the issues of loneliness that plague modern society, Norwegian composer Eyvind Gulbradsen has developed Surrounded By Strangers in collaboration with Kammerkór Suðurlands (South Iceland Chamber Choir) and their Musical Director, Hilmar Örn Agnarsson, alongside singers from Southbank Centre’s Voicelab.

Audiences are invited to dive into this vocal testimony, wandering through the performance space. Instead of following a formalised framework, the piece creates space for the singers’ individuality, eccentricities and expressions.

The result of this collaboration is a remarkable, personal and emotional experience which brings audiences face-to-face with performers laying themselves bare.

Initially developed in Iceland as part of a collaboration with Eyvind Gulbradsen as part of the Moving Classics European Network for New Music commissioned residencies.

Part of Nordic Matters


Dates & times

1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
Approximate run time: 45 mins


Weston Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Green side, Royal Festival Hall


Booking fee: £1.75 (Members £0.00)


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