GB Ensemble performance Normandy


November 23, 2014


Abbaye du Bec Hellouin, Normandy

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Abbaye du Bec Hellouin programme

As members of the GB Ensemble are to perfom Biped in Rouen with the Bavarian Staatsballet, the festival asked us to give a concert performance within the theme of the festival and this will take place in the very beautiful Abbaye du Bec Hellouin where we gave a concert in 2011.

It is not only a remarkable place, but has a stunning acoustic which is, at the same time, generous and accurate. It will give us the opportunity to explore some slightly different repertoire, and to bring back my daughter Orlanda and counter tenor James Cave into the group, following our Beckett performances in Enniskillen in 2012.


It Never Rains (2010) 6′ – electric guitar, viola, cello, bass

The White Lodge (1991 rev. 2013) 15′ – soprano, counter tenor, guitar, strings, tape

from A Man in a Room, Gambling (1992) – with Juan Muñoz recorded voice 20′

(i) no.1 (bottom dealing)

(ii) no. 4 (shifting upper pack to bottom)

(iii) no. 3 (cutting)

(iv) no. 8 (getting rid of extra cards)


from The Beckett Songbook (2012-14) 30′ – soprano, counter tenor, viola, guitar, cello, bass

from A Man in a Room, Gambling (1992) – with Juan Muñoz recorded voice 15′

(i) no. 6 (taking cards from the bottom)

(ii) no. 9 (three-card trick 2 – Mexican Row)

(iii) no. 10 (dealing from the bottom)

Orlanda Bryars, soprano; James Cave counter tenor; James Woodrow, electric guitar;

Morgan Goff, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Audrey Riley, cello; Gavin Bryars, double bass



Bec Hellouin hall
James and GB in village 2
Le Bec street 2

Gavin Bryars