Sō Percussion tour, From Out A Darker Sea opens in Derby Cathedral, Wednesday 22nd November

The Brooklyn-based contemporary percussion ensemble So Percussion open in Derby Cathedral (22.11.17) for an audio-visual exploration of the social history of British coal mining, From Out a Darker Sea.

The coal industry long formed the backbone of towns and cities across England. Entire communities sprang into existence as fervent mining activity fuelled the industrial revolution. Integrating art, photography, film and an original musical soundtrack performed live, So Percussion – whose repertoire ranges across Cage, Xenakis and Steve Reich, capture the environment, personal stories, and aspirations of a community fighting against industrial decline.

This project – originally performed in County Durham – was born out of a collaboration between the quartet and Amber Films, and is inspired by East Durham’s reinvention after the crushing loss of its mining industry. They’re embarking on a national tour of sacred spaces, many in former mining communities, which combines live performance with community education programmes to lend local and contemporary context to historical narratives.


  • 22 November 2017

    Derby Cathedral, Derby
    Presented by QUAD
    Support from Unite the Union
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  • 24 and 25 November 2017

    St Giles Cripplegate, London
    Presented by the Barbican Centre
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  • 27 November 2017

    St John the Baptist Church, Newcastle
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  • 28 November 2017

    In conversation with Amber Films
    The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Newcastle
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  • 30 November 2017

    Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn
    Presented by the Bureau Centre for Arts and Mid Pennine Arts
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  • 2 December 2017

    St George’s Church, Deal, Kent
    Presented by Deal Festival of Music & the Arts
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  • 5 December 2017

    All Souls Church, Cheriton, Kent
    Presented by Strange Cargo
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