Club Soda’s brutalist music project, Royal Boil Alice, performed live at London’s iconic Southbank Centre last week. Here is a film of the performance. Thanks to Drake Music for the opportunity to make this project happen.
Our brutalist band, Royal Boil Alice, will perform at London’s Southbank Centre as part of Concrete Dreams Weekend, which will reveal the stories of Southbank Centre’s 1960s buildings and their early artistic beginnings like never before.
In 2017, Royal Boil Alice, a band of musicians from Club Soda in Croydon, spent time exploring Southbank Centre’s 1960s history and the eclectic performance history of Queen Elizabeth Hall’s early years, which included everything from classical music, jazz, progressive rock and folk music.
The group worked together to develop the piece, ‘Echoes in Time’, which is inspired by the brutalist architecture of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank and the early concerts that were staged there. It is simultaneously a look into the past and a glimpse of what’s to come.
This is a new commission from Drake Music and Southbank Centre. The commission was awarded to musicians from the pioneering arts organisation Club Soda, which creates opportunities for people with learning disabilities to be happy and social, creative and productive.
Club Soda performers will be taking part in I AM AN ARTIST on November 10th at Croydon Clocktower. An event showcasing the talents of performers with disabilities. The Carbonators will perform as well as several DJs from the Soda Crew. Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier in the year, Club Soda was proudly commissioned by Drake Music as part of the Drake Music ‘Connect & Collaborate’ programme, to write and record an original piece of music inspired by the 1960’s architecture of London’s Southbank.
After several trips to the archives at the Southbank Centre, as well as numerous workshops and recording sessions, a ‘supergroup’ of musicians from various Club Soda bands (and especially named Royal Boil Alice for this project), wrote and recorded a site responsive piece of music called ‘Echoes in Time’. The following film captures the piece in all its glory.
19 MAR – 16 APR // MORDEN HALL PARK, STABLE YARD GALLERY (FOLLOW SIGNS TO THE STABLE YARD)
EXHIBITION OPENING // SUN 19 MAR, 12-2PM
Turf Projects presents an exhibition by the Club Soda Pop Artists at Morden Hall Park’s Stable Yard Gallery. ‘Weft and Warp’ is a collaborative work inspired by the historical textiles industries that existed along the River Wandle, which were at their height in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The river provided power for the mills used in the production of calico, natural dyes and fabric printing. Some of the most celebrated textiles printers and manufacturers working along the Wandle were William Kilburn, William Morris and Arthur Liberty. The Club Soda Pop Artists have hand dyed calico with indigo, using the traditional Japanese technique of Arashi Shibori, which creates a pattern that resembles moving water. This has then been embellished with embroidery and printing using industrial objects.
With thanks to Wandle Industrial Museum, Morden Hall Park, Croydon Council, Arts Council England and our volunteers, Jacinta Bridge, Mattina Hiwaizi, Jasmine Popper and Meg Southwood.
/ WITH WORK BY
Angela Rebecca Carrett
Loraine Ann O’Shaughnessy
Robert Leslie Lovejoy
The Stable Yard Gallery,
Morden Hall Road
You can get a tram from outside East Croydon station. Get a tram going towards Wimbledon. Get off at the stop Phipps Bridge, which is at the gates to the park.
Nearest stop is Morden (Northern Line), then 500 yards walk along Aberconway Road.