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    First Terrace

    Sun 2 Oct 2022, 7pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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    Musician and composer Peter Broderick smiles behind a leafy branch

    First Terrace Records presents Peter Broderick’s tribute to The Beacon Sound Choir, the premiere of a dance piece by Bianca Scout and an AV performance by Specimens.

    As part of its fifth anniversary celebrations, the south London independent label curates a dream triple bill for the Purcell Room.

    Peter Broderick breathes fresh life into the euphoric group singing practices of The Beacon Sound Choir, his erstwhile community choir in Portland.

    With the help of the anarchic, virtuosic experimental choral group Musarc, they perform new arrangements of the original choir material – short and odd original songs, experimental compositions and the BSC’s unique brand of half-improvised, half-structured vocal drones.

    We’re also treated to the premiere of The Heart of the Anchoress, a contemporary dance piece from Bianca Scout’s upcoming multimedia project The Mortal Instrument of Bones.

    This newly commissioned gothic opera, produced with the Daughter Mary ensemble, establishes a richly seductive sensory field, where fractal patterns of poetry, moving image and sound design are sampled, remixed and looped, through subtle, episodic mutations of classical dance.

    Finally, Specimens presents Power, Pain and Privilege, a specially commissioned audiovisual work made in collaboration with filmmaker and photographer Lucie Rox.

    The work explores both artists’ experiences as mixed race people living in the UK, from hair salons to racial slurs, and the uncomfortable relationship between skin tone and privilege.


    Musical group Musarc playfully shouting at each other


    Musician Bianca Scout standing on a windowsill with a blurry effect


    Musician Specimens bare-chested looking at the camera


    Musician Lucie Rox wearing a leopard print jumper

    Dates & times

    Sun 2 Oct 2022, 7pm


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