Designing a mass participatory performance

Next summer we’re presenting one of the largest ever vocal performances in East London. Crowd Out, composed by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang, is designed to draw together people of all ages and backgrounds through the power and positivity of group singing. No less than 1000 voices will be needed to realise this ambitious large-scale project and no previous experience is necessary. This is a highly inclusive project and we want everyone to have the chance to participate.

We’re currently looking for people to take part in Crowd Out, so if you’re interested in getting involved, email: crowdout@spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk

In anticipation of Crowd Out, we’ve picked some of our favourite mass community performances that have taken place over the last few years.

In no particular order:

As part of Big Dance Week, 1000 dancers came to Trafalgar Square to perform a piece choreographed by Wayne McGregor.

Hundreds of people take part in a Silent Disco at Victoria Station in London as they dance to music only they can hear.

Equally as good is the Big Freeze which happened in Grand Central, New York, where the lack of movement is used to great effect.

And although it’s not the most participatory performance, it is amongst a crowd of people in a very unusual location for a concert…

If you’ve been inspired by these videos and want to take part in Crowd Out, send us an email with ‘Crowd Out’ in the subject line.

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