Following last year's incredible sell-out performances, Iain Chambers and Totally Thames return to Tower Bridge for the next instalment of subterranean concerts in the Bascule Chambers of Tower Bridge. We caught up with composer Iain Chambers to find out more...
What inspired you to create the Bascule Chambers concerts last year?
Bascule Chambers is a piece which has London Sound Survey's recording of Tower Bridge lifting at its heart. That sound closely resembles the timbre of certain brass instruments, so it made sense to continue this musical opening with real brass from the nearby Docklands Sinfonia, creating a dialogue between the instrumental and mechanical sounds.
What can we expect from this year's concerts?
This year will see two exciting genre-bending vocal groups, the Juice Vocal Ensemble and the Ben See Group, premiere four brand new a capella arrangements. The acoustics of the space are ideal for vocal music, and this year's concerts feature 7-voice Renaissance music next to a radical reinvention of Guns N' Roses. There will be new music written specifically for the bascule chamber acoustic by me, Ben See, Catherine Carter and Tom Wilson.
Who are Juice Vocal Ensemble & the Ben See Group?
Juice Vocal Ensemble are renowned for performing new vocal music crossing multiple genres, from contemporary composition to world music, jazz, folk, pop and improvisation. Ben See Group are spearheading a new movement of a capella music, and their music ranges from Brian Wilson, via Benjamin Britten to Bobby McFerrin.
Tickets are on sale now, so don't delay as last year's concerts sold out in advance!
Bascule Chamber Concerts will run from Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 September.