Announce they will take their The Brilliant and the Dark
performance to the Royal Albert Hall
• Support from The Sound of Rum and Huw Stephens (DJ set)
• Women can be part of this special performance
Gaggle have announced they will take their reworking of The Brilliant and The Dark back to
its original home at the Royal Albert Hall in September. Having previously performed it at
The Royal Festival Hall, ICA and Women's Library they now come to the Elgar Room at the
Royal Albert Hall, over 40 years after the original was performed there.
With support from The Sound of Rum (live) + Huw Stephens (DJ set)
Wednesday 28th September
The Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
8pm / £8.50
For tickets: www.royalalberthall.com / 020 7589 8212
In 2010, Gaggle were invited by artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White to re-interpret a 1969
cantata for women's voices. The radically remixed cantata uses elements from "The Brilliant
and the Dark", a work for women's voices composed by Malcolm Williamson and Ursula
Vaughan Williams, and first performed by 1,000 women volunteers at the Royal Albert Hall.
The 1969 libretto approaches history from the Middle Ages to WWII through the eyes of
women, via characters including witch-hunters, embroiderers, crusaders' wives, plague
stricken women, mourners and war workers.
Under the leadership of Deborah Coughlin, the new work remixes melodies and lyrics of the
original work alongside the contemporary chants of Gaggle, referencing current issues such
as militarized rape in the DRC or "honour" killings in the UK.
Simpson and White say: "Deborah Coughlin has generated an epic new work, haunted by
the original, that manages to carefully weave the past with the present - offering a blinding
new vision of what a performance by a women's choir looks like in 21st century".
Mark Pearse, Programming Executive at the Royal Albert Hall, said: ‘We are delighted to
welcome Gaggle to the Elgar Room and excited to be bringing a piece of the Hall's history
back to life in a contemporary format with this truly unique show'.
Gaggle plan to mark this momentous occasion with special guests appearing at the
performance in September. The Sound of Rum will be playing live - their debut album on
Sunday Best was released earlier this year and presents vocalist Kate Tempest as one of
the most talented and unique poets in the UK, Huw Stephens will also be spinning tunes on
the decks to complete the lineup.
Gaggle are giving women a chance to join a Gaggle backing choir for this one off special
occasion. All ages welcome but places are limited, applicants need to be confident on stage
and available on Sept 17th and 24th for rehearsals and for the performance on the 28th.
Please email email@example.com
Costumes reworked from original designs by Design duo SCHWANGE.
The Brilliant and The Dark at The Royal Albert Hall, 1969
The Brilliant and The Dark at ICA, 2010
The Brilliant and the Dark is released under a copyleft license - generating a new resource
available for the future reflected by the B-side of the 12" containing samples from the
performance for future artists to manipulate as they see fit.
Watch a video by artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White featuring Gaggle performing an
element of the reworked cantata here: http://www.vimeo.com/11923601
Gaggle are currently working towards their debut album. The Brilliant and The Dark 12"
was a 2011 Record Store Day essential, limited copies are still available to buy through
For more information on Gaggle or The Brilliant and The Dark, please contact
Aoife@anoraklondon.com / 0207 650 7840
For more information on the Elgar Room or the Royal Albert Hall, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7959 0531
Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the world's most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts
over 380 shows a year by the world's greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined
with inspired artists creates legendary events. Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert's
vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, and a registered charity operating without
public funding, it remains true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending
the brand with over 150 events outside the auditorium, the Hall has broadened its appeal to
younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging its existing customers.
In 2009, the Hall renovated the Elgar Room as a state-of-the-art performance space
and restaurant which now hosts performances of classical music, jazz and world music,
comedy, dance and hush, a series of gigs for just signed bands throughout the year. It also
works extensively with schools and young people through its Learning and Participation
programme, reaching over 30,000 participants each year.