Elizabeth Bacon (Project Manager on Snapshot Songs) interviews composer Stuart Hancock, conductor Peter Ash, and artists and facilitators Olivia Bradbury and Luke Crookes ahead of the first official Snapshot Songs rehearsal.
In yesterday’s workshop at the Artizan Street Community Centre, E1, we de-constructed a chicken casserole…in song-form. The discussion had turned to the latest food trends in the capital, and elderly local estate resident Trudy O’Brien recounted her own gastronomic ‘snapshot’: namely, she ordered a chicken casserole at a nearby café, and didn’t quite get the homely stew she was after. This triggered a new snapshot song – composed by the group in the ensuing 10 minutes – that involved each of them taking on the role of an ingredient in Trudy’s casserole, coming together singing the refrain “Where’s the chicken…?!”
Snapshot Songs involves over 150 singers, musicians and poets coming together to create and perform a collection of songs composed especially by the international award-winning composer Stuart Hancock. But how did this project come about? Continue reading