As part of Union Chapel’s Open House Weekend, acclaimed solo artist Napoleon IIIrd is to produce a brand-new site-specific sound installation.
The installation will be produced from scratch in the run up to the Open House Weekend on the 20th and 21st September, and will run throughout the weekend. It will draw upon both the experience of those who regularly use and rely on and Union Chapel, and the fabric and history of the building itself.
The work will incorporate recorded words of people involved with the Margins Project – a homeless and crisis charity based at the chapel – as well others who attend and perform at Union Chapel, collecting their views, thoughts and feelings about their relationship with the building. These words will then be used as impetus for a composition, combined with music and sounds inspired by and created in the Union Chapel.
On the 21st, live music will be performed using the chapels unique Henry Willis organ, which has been recently restored, amongst other instruments. Collaborators include includes Tom Rogerson (Three Trapped Tigers) and artist Joanna McCormick.
Many people who regularly attend concerts at Union Chapel are completely unaware of the service and support that The Margins Project provides for people facing homelessness, crisis and isolation in the local community and beyond. The purpose of this installation is to connect the experience of Margins Project participants with the public visiting the building throughout the Open House Weekend, serving to increase public awareness of this important work. Charitable donations will be collected at the site.
Further information on the Margins Project can be found here.
He is currently working on the follow up to his widely acclaimed second album “Christiania” (“pure inspiration” – Sunday Times, “perfect” – NME, “rich, complex and beautiful” – MOJO).