April 12, 2019

Gavin’s Notes:

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields proposed a project for a 12 hour performance of Jesus’ Blood from 8pm April 12 to 8am April 13 2019 to be performed in the Tanks at Tate Modern. For this we had members of the orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia, the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, and three groups of homeless musicians: Streetwise Opera, The Connections at St Martins and West London Mission. The orchestral musicians were available from 8-11pm and from 7-8am, though some stayed through the night. I conducted this full ensemble. And then from 11pm to 7am it was my own ensemble, with some of the homeless, a few orchestral players plus Claron McFadden and Bertrand Belin (who had come straight from his performance at Paris Olympia the night before). It was an extraordinary event and many things happened that night…

There is also a journal account on this web site here.

Gavin Bryars