A new immersive sound installation.

6 - 29 May 2022

The Galleries, Bristol
Presented by Mayfest & Bristol New Music

(all tickets are Pay What You Decide)

An intricate homage to the human voice.

Step inside polyphony, an immersive audio installation composed from the weaving and splicing of conversations with people across the country.

How many times have you cleared your throat today?
Has your voice ever surprised you?

In here is a detailed tapestry of composition. Voices that have changed dramatically, trained voices, shy voices. Voices that have been quietened. Voices ready to sing. Listen a while.

A flurry of laughter
A circle of ums and errs
A song of breath
A wall of tongues meeting teeth

In the autumn of last year Verity and her collaborators started interviewing people about their voices. From Middlesborough to London, Cumbria to Bristol, they asked people about the way they speak and sing, listened to their stories that have shaped their voices.

polyphony captures these conversations in intricate detail. So we can hear all the unique sounds that surround the words. Swallows, breaths, hesitations. In a time of distance, this is a celebration of the intimate, deeply human noises we can only hear close-up.

Explore the voices of polyphony

We have created an online playlist featuring extracts from interviews with the 32 voices that make up polyphony.


There are two types of tickets available for polyphony: general tickets (up to a maximum capacity of 30 people per performance) and bubble tickets (which will allow you to experience the entire piece solo or with your own group).

Age guidance: 12+
Running time: 40 minutes

Presented with Bristol New Music and supported using public funds from Arts Council England and Bristol City Council.

Composer - Verity Standen
Co-Composer - Yas Clarke.
Designer - Ben Pacey
Production Manager - Mark Munday
Deputy Production Manager - Mark Webber
Production Sound - Nik Rawlings
Produced by MAYK

The biggest, warmest thanks to: