Union Chapel Project presents:

Organ Reframed: Chris Watson and Claire M Singer

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    Sat 18 September 2021

  • Doors open: 19:15

  • £15 | £10 Earlybird, con. & UC members adv + cmsn (Festival pass £20)

  • Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington, London, N1 2UN.

Entry Requirements: Under 16s accompanied by an adult

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The world premiere of Voci del Vento, an immersive aural journey from Pole to Pole
By Chris Watson and Claire M Singer

In a world-premiere, award-winning sound recordist, Chris Watson (David Attenborough’s long-term collaborator on the ‘Life’ series and recent collaborator on Chernobyl by Oscar winner Hildur Guðnadóttir) and award-winning composer Claire M Singer (known for her experimental approach to organ and her critically acclaimed releases on Touch) will present their new, multichannel diffusion work for field recordings, organ, the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir.

“I’m genuinely excited by the prospect of collaborating with Claire and the LCO in creating a global journey through a range of acoustic landscapes” – Chris Watson

The composition will incorporate the soundscapes of habitats northwards from Antarctica to the Arctic captured by Watson processed and diffused live over a multi channel set up brought in specially for the event with a live score from Singer echoing a musical response to the sound and spirit of each location. Together the music featuring brass, strings, voice, electronics and organ located around the chapel and Watson’s field recordings interweave taking the listener on an immersive aural journey from Pole to Pole. Both on the 39 year running innovative audio-visual label Touch, this is Watson and Singer’s first collaboration. Separately known to draw inspiration from their deep connection with space and place their two sound worlds are merged together for one night at the internationally renowned festival of experimental organ music, now in its fourth year.

 “Chris’ field recordings are extraordinarily beautiful and inspiring. They project a strong sense of place full of intricate melodies and abstract textures. It is hugely exciting to create a musical response to these masterpieces with Union Chapel’s great 1877 Henry Willis organ and the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir” – Claire M Singer

Please note: There is a ticketed pre-concert Q&A with Watson and Singer led by Wire magazine’s Editor Derek Walmsley, exploring the process of writing the new work. Tickets here

Chris Watson

Chris Watson is a founding member of the influential Sheffield based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire. He is also famously known for his sound recordings of wildlife and habitats around the world. His television work includes many programmes with David Attenborough notably The Life of Birds which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ in 1996 and Frozen Planet which also won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ (2012). His 2003 release Weather Report was voted as one of the 100 best albums to hear before you die by The Guardian.

Excerpt from the 90 minute work derived from rehearsal recordings during the writing process..

Claire M Singer

Claire M Singer, founder of Organ Reframed is known for her experimental approach to the organ and her critically acclaimed releases on the prolific experimental label Touch. Her debut album Solas was described as ‘… timeless and genuinely magical’ – The Quietus. She was a recipient of the inaugural Oram Awards for her innovation in sound and music. This year her score for Tell It To The Bees starring Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger, won a Festival Castell de Peralada Award for best music at the BCN Festival.

Excerpt from the 90 minute work derived from rehearsal recordings during the writing process..

Organ Reframed 2021 is brought to you by Union Chapel Project, in partnership with the London Contemporary OrchestraSpitfire Audio and The Wire Magazine with generous support from Arts Council EnglandPRS for Music Foundation and the Institute of Physics.

Estimated Times

All times are subject to change on the night

19:00 – Doors, Bar and Margins Cafe serving hot homemade food open

22:30 – Curfew

Union Chapel Bar open after the show.

Margins Cafe

Margins Cafe will be serving delicious, hot, homemade food at this event. All profits support The Margins Project, which works with people who face homelessness and crisis and is based here at the Chapel.



You must also have a ticket for this event to eat at Margins Cafe.

The Cafe opens to all ticket holders when the chapel doors open, scheduled to be 19:00 for this show.

We’re also taking limited early dinner reservations at 18:30 for this event. Be quick it can fill up fast!


How to book early dinner reservations:

You can book for dinner when buying your ticket through our site.

If the option doesn’t appear then it means dinner is fully booked.

If you have already purchased your ticket for this show you can check availability and book for all dates here.

If there are no tables available it will say ‘We are sorry but this event has sold out.’


Information for people with a reservation:

You’ll get an email with full details shortly before the event, however, you just need to come to the black gate to the left of the main entrance, marked Early Dinner Reservations at 18:30 and show your reservation and gig ticket.



The menu will be displayed here; it normally goes up a couple of days before the show.   There will always be at least two hot meals, one of which will be veggie, to choose from, plus lighter bites such as quiche and salad.  Check out the sample menu here.

*Ticket Information

Union Chapel Members: To take advantage of this offer first log in and then add a general admission ticket to you basket, the discount will be applied at the checkout stage. You must be logged in, with an active membership for the discount to apply. The discount applies to the named member only.

Concessions: Students, People in receipt of DLA/PIP payments, People in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance, People over the age of 65, Under 18s.

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The festival pass covers:

  • Organ Reframed: Anna von Hausswolff + Abul Mogard + Ipek Gorgun
  • Organ Reframed: In Conversation
  • Organ Reframed: Chris Watson and Claire M Singer

Add tickets to your basket for these events and the discount will be automatically applied.

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