At King’s I had the fortune of meeting Rachel Hodgson, a violinist completing her PhD, and Zephyr Brüggen, who was reading for a degree in Classics. On one night in November we organised an event in the glorious chapel of King’s: an immersive experience constituting mostly music by Byrd and Purcell. We experimented with various ensembles performing concurrently at 415 Hz and 440 Hz on new and period instruments in the chapel and antechapel, playing with the architecture and history of the building. The audience was free to move in quasi-darkness. For this the chairs had to be cleared from the antechapel; the power of the space, dark and empty, was remarkable but it took until 3am the following morning to replace the chairs since they were all numbered. This event in 2016 led the three of us to form a musical and theatrical collective called ‘rites’ (active but not online), which questions and challenges rituals and conventions of the concert hall.
i, Byrd (2016)
We have recently resumed work on a project called Quartets Late, originally intended to be part of the Beethoven 250 festival.