Who we are

Group Photo

Regular singers (not all in the photo): Barbara Alden, Jane Alden, Aubrey Botsford, George Chambers, Stef Conner, Alison Cross, Richard Duckworth, Gina Fergione, Chris Gadd, Rebecca Hardwick, Charles Céleste Hutchins, Celia Jackson, Jessica Loeb, Bron Jones, Linn D., Rachel Hewitt, Jill House, John McLeod, Lauren Redhead, Stephen Rice, Graham Roberts, Celia Springate, David Till, Simon Walton, Samuel Wilcock

Coming from diverse backgrounds that include classical music, dance, mime and noise art, the VOCAL CONSTRUCTIVISTS are committed to cross-generational work and environmentalism. Specializing in the realization and performance of works in open notation, they have an established reputation for offering adventurous concerts. They were Ensemble-in-Residence for the 2013 Time Stands Still Notation festival at Wesleyan University (USA), at the 2013 London Contemporary Music Festival, the 2014 Music and/as Process conference at Christchurch University (Canterbury), the 2015 Stoke Newington Contemporary Music festival, the 2016 Dublin Ideoprenurial Entrephonics sound art festival, and were the closing act of the Southbank Centre’s 2016 Deep Minimalism festival. The Vocal Constructivists gave a series of tribute concerts in memory of Pauline Oliveros in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, they staged Tom Phillips’ 1969 opera Irma, were the featured ensemble for an event at the British Library to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Scratch Orchestra, and premiered pieces by Wojtek Blecharz in the JEMP: MECHANICAL festival at the Swiss Church, London. The Vocal Constructivists draw on a variety of artistic influences—classical, global, avant-garde, eclectic, and dramatic. All interpretative decisions are made by members of the group, worked out in collaboration. The group has commissioned and premiered over twenty works, establishing themselves as an important force in new music-making. The Vocal Constructivist’s album Walking Still is available on the Innova label (#898). Follow us on Facebook, @constructivists on Twitter and @vocalconstructivists on Instagram.

“a group of exceptionally gifted singers who are at one with each other” – review from Choir and Organ