Pipes v Mics at Southbank Centre

organI’ve been working on a project at Southbank Centre where poets are invited to contemplate the refurbishment of the 7,500 pipe organ, write new pieces and perform ’em in the Royal Festival Hall. It takes as long to build a pipe organ as it does to build a battleship. The RFH organ is a beast, this is me playing the first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth on it. The performance is on 30 March, details here.


2 thoughts on “Pipes v Mics at Southbank Centre

  1. Colin Groves March 29, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    I was so riveted by your poem on In Tune last Wednesday that I searched iPlayer to hear it again, and managed to do so. The idea of the security staff silently hearing the concert is a brilliant observation of the absurd in everyday life. And you kept coming up with the imagery – it’s a long poem – and I found myself reacting to it like an organ composition in words. So nice title. Can I get hold of a printed version of it? And you’ve got me interested to find out about your other stuff.

    Well done! Colin Groves.

  2. juliabird March 29, 2014 / 12:30 pm

    Thank you very much, that’s so nice to hear! If you send me your email address, I’ll send you a copy of the poem – Julia

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