Organ Reframed 2017
Friday 13
– Sunday 15 October 2017
Union Chapel, London, N1 2UN
Free – £20 adv + booking fee
Eight innovators come together to
create cutting edge new music for a unique organ at one of London’s
most loved venues
Performances by Low, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
(Stars of the Lid), Claire M Singer, Gordon Monahan, James McVinnie
& London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir
With new commissions
written by Tim Hecker, Phill Niblock, Mira Calix, Emily Hall &
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Releasing the organ from its traditional
Organ Reframed will challenge artists and audiences to
rethink the organ. It will invigorate this remarkable instrument and
embed it in the music of the 21st century. The 3 day international
festival features 8 new commissions and rare performances from
musicians/artists from the UK, US and Canada.
The festival
programme is curated by composer Claire M Singer:
“Curating Organ
Reframed 2017 has been an incredibly exciting process. To have the
opportunity to build on the organ’s rich history and bring it to the
attention of a new generation of artists feels important. It may not
be the most portable of instruments, but like any other it deserves a
life. It deserves that life to be continued and its music to be
developed, and that’s what I’m trying to do over three days with
Organ Reframed.”- Claire M Singer

Friday 13 October
Reframed: Six new works
Composed by Mira Calix, Emily Hall, Tim
Hecker, Gordon Monahan, Phill Niblock and Kaitlyn Aurelia
Performed by James McVinnie, London Contemporary Orchestra
plus special guest Gordon Monahan
The opening night of Organ
Reframed features six world premieres from composers at the forefront
of new music. Each with their own unique voice, from the legendary
avant-garde pioneer Phill Niblock to the classical/electronic composer
Emily Hall, these works show just how versatile the organ
“I’ve always wanted to compose for a pipe organ and am
honoured to have been given the opportunity to do so. When I was
studying composition in college, I remember reading that Stravinsky
would always say that one’s composition isn’t complete until
they’ve heard it on a pipe organ. It’s where you can truly hear
how the harmonics play with each other. ” – Kaitlyn Aurelia
World Premiere / Commissioned by Organ Reframed.
partnership with the London Contemporary Orchestra.
Tickets £12.50
| £10 UC members adv + bf
Ticket & listing link:

Artist Bios &

Saturday 14 October
Organ Reframed: Daylight
After the transformative opening night of Organ Reframed
settle down for a lazy afternoon of music, tea and cake. Expect
remarkable organ music curated by Arctic Circle, plus the warm welcome
and touch of fun the Daylight Music series is famed for.
incredible quality of the music is foremost. When you couple that with
the welcoming, almost homely, atmosphere and the stunning venue,
it’s impossible to not fall in love with Daylight Music.” – A
gig goer
Pay-What-You-Can. Suggested ticket price £5.

Saturday 14 October

Organ Reframed: Low
with support by Claire M Singer
For the
second night of Organ Reframed we are proud to present a new organ
work, written and performed by Low. In their 25 year career to date,
Low have garnered an array of praise from critics and artists alike.
Their exploration of minimalist soundscapes and harmonies have
inspired covers from the likes of Robert Plant and Mavis Staples, and
their most recent album ‘Ones and Sixes’ was heralded as “one of
the most impressive albums of their career” by MOJO.
As their
first commissioned work for organ this is a new departure and further
step forward for the band.
“As a band, we are currently writing
and recording, experimenting with new voices and extremes. We are very
excited about the chance to compose something new – something that
will challenge us and allow us to further explore Union Chapel which
we have loved for so long.” – Alan Sparhawk
World premiere /
Commissioned by Organ Reframed.
Support on the night comes from
Claire M Singer who will be performing works from her debut album
‘..each piece is timeless and genuinely magical’ – The
Tickets £20 | £17.50 UC members adv + bf
Ticket link:

Artist Bios &

Sunday 15 October
Organ Reframed Cinema: The
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with new score by Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
(Stars of the Lid & A Winged Victory for the Sullen)
Plus James
McVinnie, LCO Soloists and the LCO choir
Organ Reframed 2017 closes
with a night of classic silent film accompanied by a new score from
the ambient drone mastermind Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie.
Considered the
quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, prepare for a
spine-tingling experience in the grand Victorian Gothic setting of
Union Chapel.
World premiere / Commissioned by Organ
In partnership with the London Contemporary
Tickets £12.50 | £10 UC members adv + bf

Artist Bios &

13-15 October
Organ Reframed: Sound installation
by Dawn Scarfe
Throughout the festival artist Dawn Scarfe’s
site-specific installation will be in place exploring sensitivity and
resonance – Accessible at all Organ Reframed events.
premiere / Commissioned by Organ Reframed.

Artist Bios &


Full Festival

Supported by: Arts Council England, PRS Foundation, Spitfire
Audio, Wire, London Contemporary Orchestra, Union Chapel Members &
Friends of Union


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About Union Chapel’s 1877 Organ
The Organ at Union Chapel is
considered to be one of the finest in the world. Designed and built
specially for the size and acoustics of the Chapel in 1877, Its
position in the heart of a building, allows for a clear, powerful
sound with a huge range of textures and tones.
Built by Henry
“Father” Willis, who was also responsible for the organs at St
Pauls and the Royal Albert Hall, it is the only organ in England with
original, functioning hydraulic (water powered) bellows.
restored between 2012 and 2013 The Union Chapel Organ Project and
later Organ Reframed have bought it back to life. Finding new and
innovative ways for it to be used, introducing new generations of
composers to the sheer range of the organ and opening up to new
In this, its 140th year it continues to surprise gig
goers, composers and performers.

About Union Chapel
Chapel is an award winning music venue in Islington, North London. But
it’s more than that, it’s Victorian Gothic architectural jewel,
that’s still a working church, home to an incredible organ and the
base for The Margins Project, which works with people facing
homelessness and isolation.
Coming to an event at Union Chapel
supports the conservation and development of the building. Union
Chapel operates as a charity dedicated to looking after the space and
opening it to a diverse group of people. In the past 30 years the
Chapel has gone from facing demolition to being Grade 1 listed and
from being virtually abandoned to welcoming tens of thousands of
visitors a year. Union Chapel has been voted London’s favourite
venue an amazing three times, in 2002, 2012 and 2014.
2017 marks 25
years of our venue and the 140th anniversary of our building.

About the London Contemporary Orchestra
Organ Reframed partners
One of the UK’s most highly sought after interpreters of
contemporary repertoire, the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) has
established an unparalleled reputation within the British classical
music scene since they were formed in 2008 by violist and conductor
Robert Ames and conductor Hugh Brunt.
Straddling both the classical
and commercial music arenas the LCO has worked with a distinguished
catalogue of composers and artists including Secret Cinema, United
Visual Artists, Biosphere, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Vivienne Westwood,
Matmos, Belle & Sebastian, Conrad Shawcross, Nike, Jimmy Page and
The orchestra has performed at the UK’s most prestigious
venues including the Royal Opera House, Roundhouse, The Old Vic
Tunnels and Southbank Centre as well as at the Latitude Festival, on
BBC Radio 3 and Sky Arts. In 2010 the LCO was recognised by the Royal
Philharmonic Society Awards for its work in audience

About the Artistic
Director – Claire M Singer
The work of Claire M Singer has been
widely commissioned, exhibited and performed throughout Europe and
North America. This includes acoustic and electronic composition,
fixed media, multi-media, installations and live electronics. In
recent years her work has focused on a mix of organ, ‘cello and
electronics with performances and commissions including Union Chapel;
Sound Festival Scotland; Tate Modern London; The Shunt Vaults; Chez
Poulet Gallery San Francisco; XMV New York City; Fylkingen Institute
Stockholm; Ceremony Hall Austin, TX; Norwich Arts Centre;
Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Cologne; Muziekgebouw Aan’ t ij Amsterdam
and the Barbican.
In June 2017 she was a recipient of the inaugural
Oram Awards from the PRS Foundationand New BBC Radiophonic Workshop
for her innovation in sound and music.

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