This Is a Score. This Is Another. This Is a Third. Now Form a Band.

Josh Spear and Edward Henderson at Bastard Assignments, photo by Dimitri Djuric
Josh Spear and Edward Henderson at Bastard Assignments, photo by Dimitri Djuric

At a certain point, over the last year or so, I started to think that the contemporary classical music scene in London was experiencing its punk rock moment. It may have been between watching Timothy Cape (with Edward Henderson and Josh Spear) perform his work No New Ideas – a frantic scrabbling around involving toy instruments, woozy sing-a-longs, shouted interjections and synchronised groaning – in a bomb-damaged ex-almshouse. Or it might have been seeing Jack Sheen lead the group An Assembly through a performance of Laurie Tompkins’ Dear Dope by screaming at the top of his voice and insistently thwacking a hammer against a wooden board.

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