Outspoken Jazz Still Growing

Bloomsbury Theatre
26th Oct 2022
£10 / £6 concessions

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What’s it like to lose your voice box after throat cancer? And how can you give back a voice that has been taken away?

The Laryngectomy Choir, taught to rediscover their own voices by creator Dr Thomas Moors, give a powerful performance of original pieces that explore the impact and effects of this life-changing procedure. The event is presented by IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, and charity Shout at Cancer.

Shout at Cancer is dedicated to supporting people to find their voice after laryngectomy, the surgical removal of the voice box. Outspoken Jazz Still Growing was created through a series of collaborations with spoken word artist Bruce Sherfield, jazz vocalist Zara McFarlane and the Peter Edwards Trio.

The evening features compositions from the From Silence into Song project from British director and composer Philip Clemo and audio pioneers Hottinger Bruel & Kjaer. The project combines the voices of the Laryngectomy Choir, whose members have had radiotherapy in combination with a laryngectomy, with a choir of trees that survived the catastrophic nuclear bombs detonated over Japan in 1945.

Telling the story of the destructive and healing power of radiation, From Silence into Song uses specialist microphones and highly sensitive sensors to capture the sounds of these Hibakujumoku, ‘Survivor Trees’, many of which are still alive today and continue to be a symbol of hope and overcoming adversity. The choirs will be heard together in harmony, spreading their joint message of resilience and survival.

The performance will be followed at 8.45pm by a Q&A moderated by Prof. Evangelos Himonides, with the Laryngectomy Choir participants, Prof. Martin Birchall (UCL Laryngology) and Shout at Cancer founder and director, Dr. Thomas Moors.

This event is part of UCL Culture’s Performance Lab, where artists, researchers and students explore how live performance can animate research – and how research can inspire art.

Running time: 2 hours

For accessible seating, please e-mail ticketing@ucl.ac.uk or call 020 3108 1000

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