[Live] Art Club - The Voice Project: Vocal Invention

Friday 20 May - Sunday 22 May


Vocal Invention is a packed weekend of vocal adventures celebrating the creativity and inventiveness of the human voice.

Poets, singers, improvisers, composers, talkers and thinkers will come together for performances, workshops, talks and surprise pop-up performances in the city. From exquisite song to experimental vocal installations, 8-part harmony and performance poetry, the weekend is a chance to see and take part in a huge range of vocal events.

Featured Artists: Helen Chadwick / Ross Sutherland / Sianed Jones / The Neutrinos & Sal Pittman / George Szirtes / Stephen Watts / The Voice Project Choir / Human Music / Birds Of Hell / Sian Croose / Jon Baker / Dan Richards / Neil Paris / Stephen Watts / Mouthful


Helen Chadwick, Mouthful & Human Music

Friday 20 May 8pm
Norwich Arts Centre
£15 / £12 concessions

Helen Chadwick’s new solo show investigates the need to be out of one’s comfort zone in order to create and lead, using over-dubbed sung improvisations  on fragments of Greek poetry. 
Mouthful create their repertoire playing with
sounds, feelings, ideas and with our voices. Their
vocal music influenced by Finnish and Georgian traditional song,
funk, beatbox, jazz and pop.

Human Music is a vocal ensemble of 8 outstanding singers and
composers from around the UK, Jon Baker, Dave Camlin, Helen  Chadwick, Sian Croose, Sharon Durant, Sianed Jones, Bex Mather and Katherine Zeserson.

“A wonderful blend of voices, weaving their distinctive sounds into  a rich texture of myth and melody” - Eve Stebbing, Eastern Daily Press


Ross Sutherland, Birds of Hell & The Neutrinos

Saturday 21 May 8.30pm
Norwich Arts Centre
£15 / £12 concessions

Ross Sutherland uses looped video as a poetic form, exploring the relationship between image and voice; a combination of poetry, rap, and a DVD commentary track.

Birds of Hell brings lilting guitar or a cathartic onslaught of beats and noise or recordings of his dead relatives and delivers it with face paint and a smile.

The Neutrinos and artist Sal Pittman showcase their darkly surreal experiments in sound, light and space. Expect excerpts from their forthcoming residency at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

‘A total game-changer’ - The Guardian


Sianed Jones

Sunday 22 May, 1pm
Norwich Arts Centre

Composer, improviser and soprano extraordinaire, Sianed writes music and performs for site specific performance and sound installations. Her unique voice has featured in most of the Voice Project’s festival performances, notably singing and playing violin in a boat on Holkham Hall lake.

She is currently working on Canu’r Adeilad’, a sonic tour of The Old College, a gothic building on the seafront at Aberystwyth As a soloist for Gwilym Simcock at Norfolk & Norwich Festival “...It was difficult to find words to describe the breathtaking performance by soprano Sianed Jones”.


Ross Sutherland, George Szirtes, Stephen Watts and Esther Morgan - Reading

Sunday 22 May, 7.30pm
The Bicycle Shop

Ross Sutherland has four poetry collections published by Penned in the Margins, including Twelve Nudes and Emergency Window. His theatre show, Stand by For Tape Back Up, was nominated for the 2015 Art Foundation Award for Spoken Word. The film adaptation was nominated for Best Documentary at the Edinburgh Film Festival, and won the Audience Prize at Fantastic Fest in Austin.
His storytelling podcast, Imaginary Advice, is released monthly on iTunes

George Szirtes is a Hungarian-born British poet, writing in English, as well as a translator from ungarian language into English. He has lived in the United Kingdom for most of his life.
Born in Budapest on 29 November 1948, Szirtes came to England as a refugee in 1956 aged 8. He was brought up in London and studied Fine Art in London and Leeds. His poems began appearing in national magazines in 1973 and his first book, The Slant Door, was published in 1979 winning the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He won the 2004 T. S. Eliot Prize, for his collection Reel and the Bess Hokin Prize for poems in Poetry magazine, 2008. 

Stephen Watts was born in London in 1952: his father’s family came from Stoke-on-Trent, his mother’s from the Swiss-Italian Alps and he has cultural roots there and in Scotland. In the early 70’s he lived on North Uist working as a shepherd and since 1976 has been in Whitechapel in the East End of London.
He has read at international literary festivals, worked extensively as a writer in schools and hospitals and communities, and currently works independently as a poet, translator, editor and bibliographer.

Esther Morgan was born in Kidderminster in 1970. Since completing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in the 90s, she has published three collections of poetry, all with Bloodaxe. Her first, Beyond Calling Distance won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her most recent book, Grace, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize. She taught creative writing at UEA where she also edited the contemporary poetry anthology ‘Reactions’. For several years she was Historic Recordings Manager for The Poetry Archive and in 2015 co-edited the Spring edition of Poetry Review with Moniza Alvi.


The full programme of workshops available during the Vocal Invention weekend can be seen here.

Before booking your weekend tickets for Vocal Invention please fill in the sign up form for workshops you would like to attend here

Visit The Voice Project's website here

[Live] Art Club is presented by

Norwich Arts Centre
Norwich Arts Centre