This spring, Verity will create a new immersive choral work for three extraordinary sites across the UK: Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire; the streets of St. Helens, Merseyside; and Newhaven, East Sussex.

Each of these sites has a unique history, and a particular connection to the story of conscientious objection. During the First World War, scores of men who refused to fight were court-martialled, imprisoned and ostracised. More than 100 years later, this remains a sensitive subject, especially around the locations where these men were tried and incarcerated.

REFRAIN will fill each site with male voices, arranged by Verity into rich sound worlds for audiences to explore. The piece will be developed with, and performed by, a choir of male singers drawn from the communities around each location. Eight performances will take place over three days in each location, including a dawn performance.

Want to get involved as a singer? Find out more HERE.

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REFRAIN is produced by Situations with Verity Standen Projects, in partnership with English Heritage, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and Heart of Glass, St. Helens.

REFRAIN is generously supported by Arts Council England, the Jerwood Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

‘Sound rose and fell in waves until it felt as if I was drenched in music that had seeped its way into every organ in my body, and maybe even found my soul’ – Lyn Gardner, Guardian (on HUG)