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    13 Vices

    Sun 3 Jul, 6.30pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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    13 Vices pictured outside in a field
    Moving on Music

    Dip a toe into a selection of weird, dark, humorous and exotic vices in this multi-dimensional fusion of contemporary music, theatre and poetry.

    First performed in 2015, the seed was planted many years before when Brian Irvine chanced upon sculptures by Mihail Chemiakin in Moscow.

    The collection of slightly grotesque figures, each representing a particular adult vice that is damaging to children, was the springboard to the project.

    It would eventually become, in Irvine’s words, ‘a wonderfully messy, chopped up, beautiful, bewitching cocktail of the best people making the best sounds and is a project that myself, collaborator Jennifer (Walshe) and all the gang are very proud of!’

    13 Vices stick with you. It is truly some of the most imaginative and exhilarating music around and we are delighted the piece gets another chance to shine at the Southbank Centre.

    The piece features Red Note Ensemble, Paul Dunmall, Paul Rogers and Mark Sanders.

    Brian Irvine is a creator of ‘some of the most exhilarating and imaginative music you'll ever hope to hear’. according to the Washington Post. Drawing on a wide range of subject matter including skateboarders, historic figures, jellyfish and films, his work scurries between form and style.

    The Irish Times called Jennifer Walshe ‘the most original compositional voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years.’ Her music has been commissioned, broadcast and performed all over the world.

    Need to know

    Age recommendation

    For ages 11+

    This event is free, but ticketed. Seating is unallocated and tickets don’t guarantee entry: admission is on a first come, first served basis for those with tickets. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

    This 15-minute piece is performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.

    Dates & times

    Sun 3 Jul, 6.30pm
    Approximate run time: 60 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    • Standard entryFree, but ticketed

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