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100 VOICES

Have you just experienced 100 VOICES?

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

HEAR WHAT 100 people HAVE TO SAY

100 VOICES is an immersive work of sound art giving audiences the opportunity to listen to 100 people they would never normally meet.

100 people in one time, in one place.

Heard as unique individuals.

Speaking as one community in one space.

100 VOICES // The NHS

Created after five months of research, partnership and conversations with staff, patients and visitors in 12 hospitals across 4 NHS Foundation Trusts in Bristol, London, Cambridge and Preston. 100 people reflect on their daily lives and work, their challenges, joys, inspirations and losses.

The result is a unique and multi-layered snapshot of the NHS, expressed directly by people rarely heard; those working in service, patients, visiting local communities and the invisible, extended workforce of the NHS.

4 PORTRAITS, four newly commissioned songs, are interwoven within the spoken word recordings which are then further embedded within an original musical score. Each song is voiced by a professional singer, playing a fictional character: the midwife, porter, manager and patient.

100 VOICESis experienced within a specially designed structure, a birch wood cylinder, immersing audiences in 360 degree sound. 100 anonymous people are heard as individuals and also in digital transformations as a crowd, as a flock of voices, as a sonic tidal wave.

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Please be advised

This work contains honest references to life in hospital including critical care and end of life.

If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this work, there are support services available at channel5.com/helplines

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The listening experience

100 VOICES // THE NHS contains fragments of 100 conversations recorded between March and July 2023 in twelve hospitals across the country.

“We sought to represent a true cross-section of the incredible encounters we had during our time in the hospitals. The voices that we hear span age, class, race and gender, displaying the enormous range of identities, perspectives and experience that congregate under the umbrella of the NHS.”

Hannah Conway (composer) and Hazel Gould (writer)

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TOUR DATES

Experience 100 VOICES in four cities in 2023 – 2024 in a unique birch wood cylinder.

BRISTOL November 2023

Ground Floor, The Galleries Shopping Centre // 25 Union Gallery, Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3XD

  • Monday 6 November, 1pm to 6pm
  • Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11November, 9am to 6pm
  • Sunday 12 November, 10am to 5pm
  • Monday 13 to Friday 17November, 9am to 6pm

PRESTon November 2023

Preston Royal Hospital // Sharoe Green Lane, Preston PR2 9HT

  • Monday 20 November 1pm-6pm
  • Tuesday 21 until Thursday 30 November, 10am to 6pm for general public (NOTE: Staff can visit at any time day or night)

LONDON March 2024

UCLH // Euston Road, London

  • Monday 11 to 22 March 2024 (times to be confirmed)

CAMBRIDGE November 2023

Addenbrooke’s Hospital//Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

  • Monday 4 December, 1pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 December, 10am to 4pm
  • Friday 8 December, 10am to 12 midday

4 PORTRAITS

Four portrait arias, performed by four fictional characters; The Patient, The Manager, The Midwife and The Porter. The people behind the doors of 12 hospitals​

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THE PATIENT

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THE MIDWIFE

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THE MANAGER

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THE PORTER

CREDITS

100 VOICES is a project created by SOUND VOICE in partnership with University College London Hospital (UCLH), University Hospitals Bristol & Weston (UHBW), Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) and Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts.

The project has been funded by Arts Council England, CUH NHS Foundation Trust, UCLH Charity, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and UHBW NHS Foundation Trust, FEDORA, Britten Pears Arts, Mr John De Carpentier and supported PENTAX Medical.

100 VOICES // CREATIVE TEAM

Composed by Hannah Conway // 4 PORTRAIT words by Hazel Gould // Sound design by David Sheppard // Visual design by Cathy Wren and Clare Patey // Creative Producer Bea Hankey // Technical Producer Steph Clarke // round house built by Beyond Surface // web design by Rey Trombetta // conversations on location recorded and facilitated by Hannah Conway and Hazel Gould

Music underscore recorded in Stroud by David Sheppard, performed by Hannah Conway (piano), Sarah Nicolls (piano, upright piano) and Dave Le Page (violin) // 4 PORTRAITS performed by Gerald Finley (The Patient), Benson Wilson (The Porter), Alice Zawadzki (The Midwife) and Nazan Fikret (The Manager) with Allyson Devenish (piano) and Kate Brookes (double bass), recorded in London by Alexander Van Ingen (The Patient, Midwife and Porter), Tom Lewington (The Manager) with music production by Jack Ross (The Manager).

THANKS // CONTRIBUTORS

With thanks to everyone who contributed their voices; Staff, visitors and patients have contributed their voices from University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (University College Hospital including the Macmillan Cancer Centre, the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing and University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals), University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (Bristol Royal Infirmary and St Michael’s Hospital), Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Hospital, Cambridge) and Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital). With kind thanks to The Galleries for hosting 100 VOICES.

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