12 and 2pm / Free
Two performances at 12pm and 2pm
Each performance will last approximately 25-30 minutes
Foyle Rooms at Turner Contemporary
ON THE TRAM TO NAYLAND ROCK is a new choral work, commissioned and performed by the Thanet Big Sing Community Choir, composed by Tony Castro. T.S. Eliot stayed at a hotel in Cliftonville during his visit to Margate, but worked on parts of The Waste Land in the bus shelter at Nayland Rock. ON THE TRAM TO NAYLAND ROCK is an imagined soundscape of the daily ‘commute’ for T.S. Eliot from Cliftonville to Nayland Rock and back: it paints an aural picture of the sound world that Eliot might have experienced, remembered, or imagined on his journey. As such, the piece references period music and songs, research about Eliot, and an (imagined) sound world of 1920’s Margate.
The Thanet Big Sing Community Choir has been the resident choir at Turner Contemporary since 2011 when it was created to perform a new choral work, The Red Volcano, by Orlando Gough, commissioned by Thanet Arts for the opening of the gallery. Subsequent Big Sing Choir events across Thanet include; the fiftieth anniversary of the Landmark Trust at The Grange, Ramsgate (2015); opening of the “English Magic” Jeremy Deller exhibition, with the Steel Melodians; fiftieth anniversary of Radio Caroline, with Charlie Dore (2014); world premiere of “Lachrymose”, by Jonathan Hering (2013); Rochester Sweeps Festival; Poetry Isle Festival; London Olympics Festival, with Megan Henwood and the Regent Brass Band (2012).
Tony Castro is the Music Director for The Thanet Big Sing Community Choir, for whom he has previously composed “One Day” (2013) and “Youth” (2012) both performed at Turner Contemporary as part of exhibitions.