Bascule Chamber Concerts, 2019 - performance

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7 June 2019

We'd like to hear your ideas for creating and performing a new 5-6 minute work that responds to this atmospheric underground space inside Tower Bridge. This will be the closing music of all 14 concerts, performed from the floor of the Accumulator Chamber (pictured), with audience members looking down on the performance from a spiral staircase above.

This cylindrical space has a good natural acoustic. The performance will need to be self-contained - there will be no PA, but performers can use their own portable amplifier if required. Due to the tight confines of the space, this opportunity suits music with no more than 3-4 performers.

We encourage you to base your ideas on responding to the Bascule Chamber space in some way, for example the River Thames, bridges, and subterranean spaces.

The all inclusive performance/commission fee is £1,500.

We'd like to know about your work, and what you would bring to these concerts through this opportunity. Send us a video or audio recording describing who you are, what music or poetry you've been making and performing, what your early ideas are for this call, and how they might work live, max 5 minutes. This could be as simple as a video recorded on your phone.

Please also send us a link to a video or audio recording of your work.

Please send this or any questions you may have to the Bascule Chamber Concerts team by Friday 7 June at basculechambers@gmail.com. Successful performers will be informed by Saturday 15 June. 

Performers need to be available during the afternoon and evening of Wednesday 18 September, evenings of Thursday 19 September, Friday 20 September, and all afternoon and evening of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September.


The Bascule Chamber Concerts take place in the south Bascule Chamber of Tower Bridge in London: a huge underground brick-lined space beneath the Thames.

The Bascule Chambers are where Tower Bridge's huge counterweights swing down as the bridge above ascends. These giant chambers are built into the river itself, beneath the line of the Thames with the underside of the road forming the chambers' ceiling.

The concerts will take place as part of Totally Thames 2019 from Thursday 19 - Sunday 22 September.

These calls are being co-curated by composer/producer Iain Chambers and DJs/presenters/writers Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt, with Apartment House’s Anton Lukoszevieze for the composer call.

This year's concerts will feature music performed by the renowned contemporary music group Apartment House.

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