Samuel Bordoli founded Live Music Sculpture in 2011 with the intention of producing site-specific work for live musicians in unusual spaces. Since then, the company has produced performances in some of the UK’s most iconic buildings, including St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge, which have been nominated for multiple awards and admired by audiences and critics.
The founding project was designed for Christopher Wren’s Monument to the Great Fire of London, and featured twice in the City of London Festival. Musicians sat in the alcoves of the giant column and the sounds reacted in fascinating ways with the acoustic as they echoed upwards. The work has since been acknowledged in The Monument’s guidebook as a significant event in its 400 year history.
Two works followed in 2012 and 2013 for 30 musicians performing inside the enclosed walkways of Tower Bridge, and the balconies of St Paul’s Cathedral.
In 2014, Samuel Bordoli and Live Music Sculpture teamed up with Tête à Tête and the PRSF for Music Foundation to produce GRIND, a site-specific work for skateboarders, community choir and skatepark acoustics.
Plans for 2016 include a new Live Music Sculpture for GLA City Hall in London.
Photographs © Richard Heald