The Whitechapel Art Gallery
Thursday 17th February 2011
8pm. £7.00 (£6 Concessions)
After a long break WCMO will be kicking off their new series (squeaky singles) - support - Dave Hindermiff and the Tritones INFO


 






 

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Cellorhythmics WCM orchestra's new CD OBJECTIVITY MAINTENANCE will be
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What a Class Musical Outfit"
by Maddy Ryle for remotegoat on 05/09/09


What a great Friday night's entertainment this was! A bunch of extremely talented and likeable musicians playing fantastic music in the most unpretentious setting you could imagine. Led by the warm and very funny James Hesford, the Working Classical Music Orchestra is an evolving project that has grown organically, picking up players on the way and creating scores accordingly.
It has sprouted from what was originally essentially a string quartet called Cellorhythmics, centred around James and his wife Alfia Nakipbekova, and now contains up to ten musicians on guitar, flute, whistle, sax, horn, fiddle, keys and percussion. Their compositions draw on a range of influences - contemporary classical, jazz, big band, world, experimental - to create an eclectic repertoire shot through with wit and passion.
To get us in the mood the evening kicked off with Hesford's other project, Dave Hindermiff and The Tritones (bass, guitar, drums), playing a range of Shadows and other Fifties and Sixties classic instrumentals (Ghostriders in the Sky, Apache, Young Ones…) with a kind of wry joy. Hesford wanted his audience to understand that the tradition of creating instrumental compositions of the kind WCMO do comes not only from classical but also from popular music - some of these tracks sold millions in the Sixties. Another part of what WCMO have been working on recently is the 'Squeaky Singles' project, containing their complex pieces inside the 3-minute pop format. As the man said, 'people will listen to any old rubbish for three minutes' - shame they don't get to hear more of this ilk is all I can say.
The pieces WCMO perform are utterly idiosyncratic. Having been exposed to the creative community on a tiny Orkney island, they have created a score in which every one of the 70 inhabitants is expressed in a four-bar share of the whole piece. It is for two whistles (beautifully played), and someone who can't play the accordion (Hesford on this occasion). It was hilarious but totally evocative. They wrote another piece especially for their sax player, Josie, when they discovered she could play the whistle as well; it's called 'Josie's whistle' and it's great.
We were also treated to a newly developed composition called 'Bagatelle for chamber orchestra, bingo caller and terminally ill patient'. Short bursts of frenetic instrumentation were interspersed with recordings of bingo being called and every so often one of the numbers would spur a man sitting at the front of a stage in a hospital gown with an oxygen mask to expostulate some death-related quip ("thirty-three - hard to pee…") in his deadpan northern accent. This might all sound a bit ridiculous on paper but was simultaneously amusing and alarming and very effective.
In the middle of all this we were also shown the premier of a short animated film, Charon, by Chiara Ambrosia and produced by Michael Nyman. A sublime (in the sense of both beautiful and frightening) exposition on the passage to death, it was a wonderful visual interlude perfectly suited to the rough-and-ready atmosphere of the Horse Hospital.
With no stage to speak of, and with the players all so clearly relaxed and enjoying themselves, this was truly a shared, intimate occasion and it felt a privilege to be involved. They'll be playing again at the Vortex on September 29th; their creativity is electric and no doubt there'll be something new in the mix - get down to it for a true experience. Maddy Ryle Remote Goat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GIG - THE VORTEX
TUESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 09
DOOR - 8.00 pm £8.00
11 Gillett Square
LONDON
N 16

WCMO - NEW ALBUM LAUNCH

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