Orlando Gough, Emma Bernard, Esmé Herbert & Melanie PappenheimOrder


This Winter, following a period of research and development Orlando, Emma, Melanie and Esmé will present ‘Order’ – a unique performance commission delivered alongside Nettleham Community Choir, led by Liz McIntosh. The piece will unfold within the Guildhall council chambers and feature a call and response, inspired by the political jostling that has unfolded for centuries in that very space.

Melanie, Emma and Orlando often work together. They create choral theatre, usually a cappella, about subjects of immediate concern, always using humour, often working with amateur performers – for example Fingerprint, about personal and group identity, Swarm, about the behaviour of crowds, Critical Mass, set at a political summit, Flam, an encounter between two competitive sisters, BREATHe, a first-breath-to-last-breath look at a woman’s life.

For Order, they will be joined by Melanie’s daughter, the singer and performer Esmé Herbert.

Melanie Pappenheim is a singer and performer. Always interested in combining music with visual art, she has devised work with numerous leading multimedia groups including DV8 Physical Theatre, Lumiere & Son, Clod Ensemble and vocal big band The Shout. Her voice has inspired many contemporary composers such as Orlando Gough, Gavin Bryars, Graham Fitkin, Dario Marianelli and Jocelyn Pook. She frequently records for TV and film; her voice can be heard on Gangs Of New York, Silent Witness, Jane Eyre, Doctor Who, and many other soundtracks.

Emma Bernard is a director who works across musical, verbal, visual, and physical performance disciplines, making complex, humane, playful and provocative work in with a diverse range of people including experienced professionals and absolute beginners. She has worked extensively for Streetwise Opera, most recently as Associate Artistic Director, and with organisations including Cardboard Citizens, Royal Opera House, Birmingham Rep, Metal, Jewish Music Institute, The Young Vic, BAC, Beijing Music Festival, and the Barbican.

Orlando Gough is a composer (and sometimes lyricist, librettist, music director, MC, recording engineer, cookery writer), who writes operas, choral music, music-theatre, music for dance and theatre, and creates large-scale site-specific work.

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