Many of us have at least one story of living in an area near a renowned natural attraction or man-made “tourist trap,” but never having made the effort to witness the spectacle. People travel distances that are orders of magnitude greater, just to have the experience. No regrets; we say, “It will be there when I’m ready.” That approach doesn’t work with musical events, when we should instead say, “There is nothing worse than a missed opportunity.”
choir hosts its third annual summer concert at Union Chapel with special guests Reeps One, producer Guy Sigsworth (Björk, Imogen Heap) and experimental singer Martin Grech. The evening will feature unique arrangements of songs by pioneering artists, premieres of new work and rare guest appearances. The 100-piece choir will also perform a special tribute to tragic singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley to mark the 20th anniversary of his death, plus a unique choral version of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android”, ahead of the hotly-anticipated re-release of OK Computer.
(Edith Bowman, Virgin Radio UK)
The title of this year’s concert “Confluence” is a play on the idea of two or more rivers coming together, and the coming together of people to form a throng (in this case a choir). The theme of water is also carried throughout the musical programme, most poignantly in the song “Grace” by Jeff Buckley, who tragically drowned in the Wolf River 20 years ago on 29th May 1997. Buckley is cited as a major influence on band Radiohead and by way of reference the choir will also perform a choral version of Radiohead’s song Paranoid Android; aptly timed ahead of Radiohead’s Glastonbury headline a fortnight later and the much-hyped re-release of their famous album OK Computer.