BREXIT BIG BAND

a collaboration across europe

The Brexit Big Band is the controversial, ever-evolving musical collaboration created by Matthew Herbert as an artistic response to the E.U. referendum (June 23rd 2016) and the triggering of Article 50.


The two year collaborative project right across Europe celebrating artistic and musical collaboration and communities across national borders began in England when the UK government triggered Article 50 on March 29th 2017 and has run in parallel across Europe with concerts, recording sessions and workshops, culminating in an album release date at the same moment that Britain leaves the EU in 2019


Concerts, workshops and recording sessions have taken place in Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK. The final album aims to feature over 1000 musicians and singers from Britain and the continent.


At each show, The Brexit Big Band changes much of its personal, working with local European amateur and professional choirs (with Choral Music Director Esmeralda Conde Ruiz) and local European musicians who perform alongside the Band’s regular lead players (working with Big Band Conductor Pete Wraight).

In the spirit of full transparency, the Brexit Big Band have released details of what to expect from them in the coming months in a statement from bandleader Matthew Herbert:


“I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who thinks Brexit is going well. Jacob Rees Mogg is telling investors to take their money out of the UK. Nigel Lawson is moving to France. Parts of the Leave campaign broke the law and Nigel Farage has floated the idea of a second referendum. Furthermore ‘take back control’ apparently doesn’t extend to our own parliament, the majority of whom have voted against giving themselves any say over the deal and its consequences. Two years in and there’s still no plan from the government and we’re only a few months away now. It’s embarrassing, disheartening and utterly devoid of a positive vision for the kind of place we might want Britain to be. This is where the Brexit Big Band comes in.

Since we were last in the news…

  • we have walked the Northern Ireland border, recording sounds as we go.

  • we have dismantled a Ford Fiesta in to its component parts

  • we have someone swimming the Channel for us

  • we’re recording in a fish and chip shop in Grimsby

  • we are recording the demolition of a British factory

  • we took part in one of the silent marches for Grenfell

  • we’ve written a song in German

  • we’ve made a symphony of endangered animals

  • we’re recording inside a World War 2 aircraft

  • we recorded a German passport misbehaving in Nigel Farage’s local pub

  • we’re trying to organise a concert on a cross channel ferry


And finally, we have turned much of the abuse we got last year into lyrics, including tweets from the Secretary General of UKIP.

Joint the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: /brexitbigband

 

ABOUT US

The Brexit Big Band is a two year collaborative project right across Europe celebrating artistic and musical collaboration and communities across national borders.

The project will begin in England at the point at which the UK government triggers Article 50 and then run in parallel across Europe with concerts, recording sessions and workshops, culminating in an album release date at the same moment that Britain leaves the EU in 2019

 

PROJECT MANIFESTO

this project aims to be a creative, internationally collaborative response to brexit and questions around british identity.


it respects democratic principles, in particular accepting that the uk voted to leave, but is interested in being part of the passionate conversation about what happens next.


it believes a healthy society can’t be measured just through the metrics of economics but also in the quality and abundance of its access to nature, culture, art, justice, food, friendships and love.


it sees fundamental value in equality, tolerance, human rights and freedoms rather than the prioritising of borders and differences.

 

CONCERTS

Madrid, Spain - 29/06/18 - Verranos de la Villa 2018, Plaza de Colon

Montreux, Switzerland - 30/06/18 - Montreux Jazz Festival

Berlin, Germany - 27/07/18 - Wassermusik Festival 2018

London, UK - 18/08/18 - Ronnie Scott's Live in the Square

Leipzig, Germany - 17/10/18 - Jazztage Festival

Rome, Italy - 25/11/18 - Romaeuropa

 

CONTRIBUTORS

KAREN SUTTON

Production Manager

Derbyshire, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Anger and Sadness.'

RUSSELL SWIFT

Orchestral Contractor & Tour Manager
Bedfordshire UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'A loss of identity as a citizen of Europe.'

ANIS MARKS

Help and ideas where needed.
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Chaos'

Twitter: @aniseedd

Instagram: @aniseedd

GID SUTTON

Social. Media. Genius.
Derbyshire, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Brexit means vested interests have corrupted the democratic processes of the UK.'

Twitter: @supersonicgear

Instagram: @soundgasltd

ROBIN TURNER

PR Print
Bristol, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'A woeful, badly informed decision being honoured by the worst political class in decades.'

Twitter: @robinturner

Instagram: @robinturner

MIKKO GORDON

Recording and FOH Engineer
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'A sad, short-sighted separation from Europe.'


Twitter: @mikkogordon

Instagram: @mikkogordon

JET STEEN

Dutch Brexit Choir: North Sea Jazz / Middelheim / Brussels
Amsterdam, Netherlands

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Unneccasary loss of collaboration.'

SYBREN VAN DOESUM

Singer
Amsterdam, Netherlands

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Loss.'

Twitter: @sybrenvandoesum

Instagram: @sybrenvandoesum

ESMERALDA CONDE RUIZ

Choral Music Director
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'The undefined being negotiated by the unprepared in order to get the unspecified for the uninformed.'

Twitter: @ESMERALDAmusic

JOEP VAN WEERT

Singer
The Netherlands

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Brexit means Seclusion. Brexit Band means Connection.'

Twitter: @joepvanweert

Instagram: @joepvw

FEMME

DJ
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Lunacy.'

Twitter: @femmehq

Instagram: @femmehq

EGMOND DE BRUIJNE

Singer
The Netherlands

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Singing with a great choir.'

LUKE SOLOMON

DJ
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you? 

'Moving backwards.'

Twitter: @lukesolomon

Instagram: @lukesolomon

HUGH JONES

Live Audio Technician
Lewes, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?
'A horrendous use of time, energy and resources that will forever be attributed to my generation.'

GEERT DOCTER

Tenor in Choir
Amsterdam, Netherlands

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Surprisingly and sadly: like a piece of my heart has been cut out.'

Instagram: @drgeert

STEPHEN HINES

Singer - Tenor
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Polarisation of opinion and divisive.'

Twitter: @hines_stephen

ANOUK TUIJNMAN

Soprano in choir
Amsterdam, Netherlands

What does Brexit mean to you?
'To me, Brexit is a wake-up call.'

BEN CASTLE

Arranger
Dublin, Ireland

What does Brexit mean to you?

'It means waiting in a long queue for an Irish passport.'

Twitter: @thebencastle

Instagram: @thebencastle

RAHEL DEBEBE-DESSALEGNE

  

Lead Vocalist
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'An unwanted and unwelcome breakup.'


Twitter: @rahelonline

Instagram: @rahelonline

LEANNE MISON

Publicist
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'The psychosis of a nation, shafting generations to come.'

Twitter: @leannemison

Instagram: @myrobotgoose

ELSA HEWITT

Track Selection for DJ Ensemble
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Political mayhem and a lot of propaganda.'

Twitter: @elsahewittx

Instagram: @elsahewittx

CHARLIE DARK

Host

London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Pressure building, panic rising.'

Twitter: @daddydark

Instagram: @daddydarkrdc @run.dem.crew

CATHARINE BULL

Choir member at Barbican, London
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?
he UK making a huge mistake, and one leading to UK being poorer in many ways.'

DAVID LAMB

Singer at Barbican, London
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'A failure upon our future.'


Twitter: @daviousdavio

Instagram: @daviousdavio


KEN RICHMAN

Bass in the Choir
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Tragic mistake.'

LAVRENTIA FOUSTANA

Choir Singer
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'A terrible decision made too fast without much thought, subject to insufferable propaganda.'


Twitter: @LuzDLuna

MARTIN WALSHAW

Barbican Performance and Future Recordings
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?
'An opportunity to move forward as Brits, Europeans and members of a worldwide community.'

JAMES WRIGHT

Agent
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Embarrassing.'

JULIAN SANTANDER

Choir Singer
Madrid, Spain

A big loss, like being separated from some member of your family.

Twitter: @j_santander

MARTIN COLLEY

Singer and ripper upper of the Daily Mail
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Brexit is Anathema.'

Twitter: @martinpaul

Instagram: @martin.colley2018

MANON NIJENHUIS

Choir Singer

Amersfoort, Netherlands

What does Brexit mean to you?
'To me, Brexit means loss and the Brexit Big Band means hope!'

ALISON MONAGHAN

Choir Singer
Barnet, Herts, United Kingdom

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Financial disaster for the UK, xenophobia and restricted work opportunities for young people.'

MIKE GILLESPIE

Matthew Herbert's Manager
Kent, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Sadness. Isolation. Backward steps.'

JOANNE HARDY

Choir Singer
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Being part of the bigger picture.'

HELEN MONAGHAN

Choir Singer - Alto

Barnet, Herts, England

What does Brexit mean to you?

'A lack of understanding in our country about how much European citizens benefit our lives.'

Twitter: @helen_monaghan

Instagram: @helen_pixelen

ANNE WHITE

Choir Singer - Soprano
Lewisham, London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'A huge mistake voted in due to confusion or jingoism.'

Twitter: @AnneWhite9 

MARCO NIKIC

Backing Vocals
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?
'The end of 70 years of Peace.'

OLGA VEUTHEY

Choir Singer
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?

'A great cultural initiative to make visible that UK is a key piece of Europe.'

Twitter: @obuti30

ADELINA SAIZ

Choir Singer - Mezzosoprano
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Europe is broken.'

PABLO LORENZO

Choir Singer - Baritone
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?

'So long, and thanks for all the fish.'

Twitter: @diceni

VANESSA SCHNEIDER

Ronnie Scott Performance
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Does my chosen home not understand the sacrifice I made to make my home here?'

Twitter: @vyschneider

Instagram: @nessaoftwoevils

BARBARA STOCKER

Choir Singer - Contralto
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'A regress from the European idea.'

COUVREUR

Singer
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'A sad split and a big waste; egoism and intolerance, when we should all fight together!'

JAVIER REVUELTA

Choir Singer
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'It means the division of Europe and a failure.'

CONSUELA VILLAGAS

Singer
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?

'It's a pity to leave Europe when we are heading to a more global world.'

RENATA ADAMCOVA

Choir Singer
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Uncertainty, will I be able to stay or will I have to leave after living 14 years in the UK?'

Twitter: @rendulina

Instagram: @rennypics

PAULA GONZALEZ MAYO

Choir Singer - Soprano
Leon, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Sadness and loss.'

Instagram: @paulagm1313

SEIJI OKAMOTO

Barbican Performance and Recording
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?
'We have set off on a long trip in the dark without a map and torch.'

JAVIER ROIZ

Madrid Choir Director
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Un mensaje a todo el planeta.'
(A message to the entire planet)

NORIKO FURUKAWA

Choir Singer - Alto
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Unnecessary confusion and division that shouldn't really have been caused in the first place.'

Twitter: @n0ck0

Instagram: @n0ck0

ISMAEL

Choir Singer
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?

'A giant step backwards.'

Twitter: @paisajeencontrado

Instagram: @lele_pm

MONICA HOSSAIN

Choir Singer - Alto
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'I feel sad that it is dividing us and breaking the world apart.'

Twitter: @Monica_BC_BITC

NATIVIDAD ALONSO

Concert Performance
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'No me gustan las separaciones.'
(I do not like separations.)

LAURI MUSIQUITA

Choir Singer
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'It's the worst idea ever in our new Europe.'

ALICE ROBERTS

Choir Singer
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Fears about loss of diversity and that the NHS will crumble.'

ANNA REDMAN

Singer
Slough, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'The loss of my citizenship as a European and the demise of British tolerance.'

Twitter: @musesparrow

Instagram: @musesparrow

FRAN LOBO

Barbican Support Artist
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Brexit means the end of unity and the start of a lot of trouble!!!'

Twitter: @franlobomusic

Instagram: @franlobomusic

VICKY ANNAND

Choir Singer
London, UK

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Brexit is like a bad dream with no ending.'

MATEO YUSTE ALVARO

Choir Singer
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Breaking with Europe's citizens.'

Instagram: @Meryrivilla

J.C. DE BOER

Choir Singer
Utrecht, Netherlands

What does Brexit mean to you?

'An awesome experience at festivals and having the honour to sing in this amazing project.'

Instagram: @jessicachristinedb

KOEN SMIT-AMOR

Choir Singer
Amsterdam, Netherlands

What does Brexit mean to you?
'A foolish, opportunist and worst choice to make for people being 'disconnected' with their lives.'

HECTOR OLIVEIRA

Double Bass Player
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Games that politicians play; those wacky guys!'

PACO SOLER

Trombone Player
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'It was an incredible and full of freedom experience!!!'

PATXI URCHEGUI

First Trumpet 
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Magic and musical fight.'

CARLOS SAGASTE MAQUEDA

Alto Sax Player
San Sebastian, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Everybody needs somebody.'

Instagram: @sagaste_carlos

ROCIO BURGOS

Choir Singer
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?

'An opportunity to know better jazz and musicians from other European countries.'

Twitter: @rocio.burgosalv

Instagram: @rocioviolinista

MARIA VALLESPIN

Choir Singer
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Absurd walls.'

Twitter: @vallesponja

Instagram: @mariavallespin

MARLEN SEVILLA

Choir Soprano
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'A sad and unnecessary breakup.'

JAVIER LOPEZ

Choir Singer
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Separation is a path that leads to nowhere.'

BEGONA GANCEDO

Choir Alto
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'A sad return to the past.'

PALOMA SANCHEZ MELERO

Choir Singer
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'A lost opportunity and the chance of doing things better from now on.'

RAQUEL PACHON GONZALEZ

Choir Singer
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'No me gusta.'
(I do not like)

RAFAEL SANTOS GARCIA

Choir Singer
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you? 
'It's a wrong decision.'

FRANCISCO JAVIER AREVALO

Big Band Member
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?

'An unforgettable experience.'

Instagram: @arevalotrumpet

GUSTAVO DIAZ

Tenor Sax Player
Madrid, Spain

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Another boundary...'

DAGMAR

Singer
Berlin, Germany

What does Brexit mean to you?

'No man is an island...'

Twitter: @dbeads

Instagram: @dbeads_concept_store

YANEEV TOPYOL

Choir Singer
Berlin, Germany

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Ignorance, manipulated by cheap politics.'

PETER SONDERMANN-RAKERS

Choir Singer
Berlin, Germany

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Was soll der quatsch?'
(What's all this nonesense?)

CHRISTIAN MAGNUSSON

Tumpet Player
Berlin, Germany

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Freedom.'

NICO LOHMANN

Musician
Berlin, Germany

What does Brexit mean to you?
'A possible start of a domino effect in the EU.'

FRIEDRICH MILZ

Trombone Player
Berlin, Germany

What does Brexit mean to you?

'Limit our own liberty.'

Instagram: @friedrichmilz

BARBARA MORGENSTERN

Choir Director
Berlin, Germany

What does Brexit mean to you?

'The first step of a frightening and dangerous process.'

Twitter: @barbmorgenstern

Instagram: @

barbarellamorgenstern

NIKOLAUS NEUSER

Band Member
Berlin, Germany

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Triumph of irrationality.'

CHRISTOPH BRAUN

Choir Singer
Berlin, Germany

What does Brexit mean to you?
'Complicates our wedding procedures.'

Twitter: @hackenblog
Instagram: @christoph_neptun

 

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