An image and sound installation that re-imagines a 19th century performance in Victorian England by The African Choir as a contemporary sonic interpretation. Working with 14 professional singers, the composers Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi reinvent songs based upon programme notes from a concert by the touring South African choir, that took place in London during the summer in 1891.
The exhibition comprises of a multi-channel music recording and a body of large scale photographs by The London Stereoscopic Company, depicting the 16 choir members in 1891 – produced from original glass plates re-discovered at the Hulton Archive after 125 years.
Presented in partnership with Autograph ABP and Tshisa Boys Productions, curated by Renѐe Mussai.
Image: Paul Xiniwe, The African Choir. London, 1891. By London Stereoscopic Company ©Hulton Archive/Getty Images.