Sound and Music supported the world premiere of Richard Barrett's epic, two-hour work CONSTRUCTION at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on 19 November 2011. We also produced this 20-minute film documenting the performance, with commentary from the composer.
CONSTRUCTION is a momentous piece, based on the confrontation between ‘utopian' societies, in their envisioned perfection, and real ones with their histories of division, upheaval and destruction.
CONSTRUCTION was performed by:
Eugene Ughetti, conductor
Deborah Kayser, voice
Ute Wassermann, voice
Carl Rosman, voice
The event was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
CONSTRUCTION was produced by hcmf// and supported by Sound and Music and ELISION with the friendly support of Ernst von Siemens music foundation; also supported by British Council. CONSTRUCTION was commissioned by the Liverpool City Council for the 2008 European Capital of Culture Programme. Research and creative development for CONSTRUCTION has also been assisted through the SIAL Sound Studios of the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne with funds from the Australian Research Council.