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13 Vices – New Music Biennial

Join Red Note Ensemble as they return to New Music Biennial with 13 Vices!

For ensemble, improvisers, conductor & voice, 13 Vices melts boundaries between theatre, poetry & contemporary music. Exploring the weird, humorous, dark & exotic world of contemporary vices, it is the creation of pioneering compositional voices –  Brian Irvine & Jennifer Walshe.

First performed in 2015, the seed was planted many years before when Brian chanced upon sculptures by Mihail Chemiakin in Moscow. The collection of slightly grotesque figures, each representing a particular adult vice that is damaging to children was the springboard to the project, which would eventually become, in Brian’s words, “a wonderfully messy, chopped up, beautiful, bewitching cocktail of the best people making the best sounds and is a project that myself, collaborator Jennifer (Walshe) and all the gang and very proud of!”.

13 Vices is truly some of the most imaginative and exhilarating music around and Red Note Ensemble is delighted to perform alongside Paul Dunmall, Paul Rogers, & Mark Sanders. This piece that will stick with you. 

Red Note Ensemble
Jackie Shave, Violin 
Tom Hankey, Viola
Robert Irvine, Cello

New Music Biennial is a PRS Foundation and Southbank Centre initiative.

For ages 11+

Image credit: Moving on Music



3 July, 2022 - 18:30 to 19:30

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
London -

Cost: Free
Red Note return to Lammermuir festival 2022 with Gavin Bryars’s hypnotic "Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet".

Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet is based on a recorded loop of a homeless man singing. For more than 50 years its emotional impact on audiences has been extraordinarily powerful.

We will perform this stunning work in a specially-arranged, intimate and moving chamber-scale version during the 2022 Lammermuir Festival at the Big Shed in Musselburgh, on Thursday 15th September, 3pm.

“…this contemporary music still resonates with diverse audiences after more than four decades.”

The Lammermuir Festival was born of a conviction that historic architecture and beautiful landscape together can create an ideal environment in which to experience great music-making. The Festival was established to bring the finest musicians together with local people and visitors in celebration of music in towns and villages nestling between the Lammermuir Hills and the sea.

Red Note Ensemble
Mark O’Keeffe, Trumpet
Andy Saunders, Horn
Tom Hunter, Percussion
Donald Grant, Violin 1
George Smith, Violin 2
Fiona Winning, Viola
Robert Irvine, Cello 1
Duncan Strachan, Cello 2
Iain Crawford, Double Bass



15 September, 2022 - 15:00 to 16:00

The Big Shed
Goshen Farm Steading
Musselburgh - EH21 8JL

Cost: £7.88 – £15.75
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