Anxiety Fanfare at Hull City of Culture 2017

Commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation and premièred  at London’s leading chamber music venue, the Wigmore Hall, the Anxiety Fanfare is a musical exploration of everyday mental health disorders.

Written in five movements, the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble will perform the Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voices at the New Music Biennial and the Hull City of Culture 2017 with the London International Gospel Choir led by Naveen Arles along with soloists Lore Lixenberg soprano, Melanie Pappenheim mezzo-soprano, Jonathan Peter Kenny countertenor and George Ikediashi, bass. The work not only extends a traditional musical form of the fanfare but tackles the taboos surrounding mental illness, and it is a unique partnership between professional musicians and a community choir.

Jocelyn Pook’s Anxiety Fanfare will be performed at London’s Southbank Centre on Sunday 9 July as part of the New Music Biennial and on Sunday 2 July at the Albemarle Music Centre as part of Hull City of Culture 2017. The performance will feature a biometric sensor that picks up feelings of anxiety in performers and triggers image back projections. The performances are a collaboration with the PRS Foundation for Music, the Southbank Centre, the Albemarle Music Centre Hull and BBC Radio 3.