2014: Death Actually

Death Actually was our inaugural project in 2014. A triple-bill for the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

In 2014, we partnered with Spitalfields Music Summer Festival to produce Death Actually.

It combined social issues, such as the way our modern society approaches death (from overcrowded morgues to profiteering on funeral costs to an anodised brush-it-under-the-carpet perfectionism) with cutting edge world premieres.

We orchestrated Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and performed it with a puppet; we staged the Bach Motets with a stunning group of singers; and we celebrated a ‘wake’ with Bjarte Eike’s Alehouse Boys.

The evening began with a Death Cafe, which encouraged people to talk about their own mortality and experiences of death and grief.

astonishing… over three hours of exuberant musicianship… irresistible

The Times

winningly intense

The Evening Standard

But don’t listen to the critics! See below for a selection of our audience reactions.

one of my best night’s out in London. Really inspiring, all of it, and so much fun

thank you so much for the music last night! I was really entranced by it all and full of admiration. A truly memorable evening. 

a brilliant concept, full of humanity and integrity