12 hour performance of Jesus' Blood
12 April 2019 - 13 April 2019 | Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Note : All Night Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

All Night Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Gavin Bryars is working with the orchestra of Academy of St Martin in the Fields to develop an all night performance of Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet in the Boiler Room at Tate Modern. It will be done in partnership with various homelessness organisations such as The Museum fo Homelssness and Streetwise Opera and will also include the Gavin Bryars Ensemble and other groups.

This is in the planning stage at the moment but the date is a firm one.

Ballet with David Dawson
9 February 2019 | Dutch National Ballet, Waterlooplein, Amsterdam
Note : Requiem


Gavin Bryars is working with choreographer David Dawson on a large scale ballet for the Dutch National Ballet  called Requiem, which will involve full orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists. David made his ballet Reverence when he was resident choreographer in Dresden using Gavin's Third String Quartet, subsequently rearranged for string orchestra. Gavin and David later made a new work together for the Flanders Ballet in Antwerp - Third Lght - for which the  music was a kind of violin concerto using a solo violin and string orchestra with no other violins - just violas downwards.

Premiere of new choral work for The Crossing
14 December 2018 - 16 December 2018 | Philadelphia: Holy Trinity (14) and Chestnut Hill Presbyterian (16)
Note : The Crossing: A Native Hill

The Crossing: A Native Hill

Following from the huge success of The Fifth Century, written for The Crossing and Prism Saxophone Quartet, which won a Grammy for Best Choral performance in Jan uary 2018, Gavin has written a nsubstantial new a capella, work that builds on the considerable experience that he has of working with the choir, and the many close personal friendships within it. For this he has set text from the American writer Wendell Berry's early essay A Native Hill (1968). Berry, now in his eighties, has written a great deal - poetry, essays, novels - from the perspective of his life as a farmer in rural Kentucky, where he has lived and worked for over 50 years. He is one of the world's finest writers, and perhaps because of his apparent isolation has been called a "modern-day Thoreau" and certainly his work is as politically charged as that of his 19th century predecessor. Gavin decided to set prose texts rather than the poetry, although, like Thomas Traherne who was the writer used for The Fifth Century, this "prose" has great poetic beauty.

It is dedicated to "The Crossing, and my friends within."

Church of the Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, The Crossing's "Friday night, 2 weeks before Christmas" concert December 14 at 8pm.  Sunday December 16 at 5pm at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, The Crossing's "Home Church." 


"Retrospective" concert
26 November 2018 | National Concert Hall, Dublin
Note : GB Ensemble at NCH Ireland

GB Ensemble at NCH Ireland

This is the first time that Gavin has performed at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, although he has performed elsewhere in ireland over the last 15 years. The day before this concert he wil perform in Cork. It was the Programme Director of NCH, Gary Sheehan, who had brought Gavin to Ireland for the first time when he performed the Eight Irish Madrigals at Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin - and this was where Gavin met his friend and musical collaborator Iarla O'Lionaird for the first time. The programme includes ensemble versions of the two earliest "iconic" works from Gavin's repertoire as well as more recent works. He is joined by members of the Crash Ensemble.


The Sinking of the Titanic (40’) - plus all extra players

Winestead (20’)


The North Shore (12’) - plus extra viola, bass, bass clarinet/clarinet, percussion
The Flower of Friendship (13’)
Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet (25’) - plus all extra players

Performers: John Potter, tenor; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Morgan Goff, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, organ, double bass and piano (North Shore) (+Aoife Burke, cello, from Cork for Jesus' Blood) (+ members of the Crash Ensemble)

Bob Burnell, sound 

GB Ensemble perform Winestead Programme
25 November 2018 | Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland
Note : Winestead at Triskel

Winestead at Triskel

The director of Triskel, Tony Sheehan, came to the premiere of Winestead in East Yorkshire, June 22nd 2017 and invited us to perform an extended version of the programme in Cork. Gavin had done a pubic interview at Triskel when the GB Ensemble performed The Sinking of the Titanic in Cork as part of the Titanic centenary tour in 2012. It is a very fine venue, and happens to have an organ - the small organ in the tiny village church of Winestead had been used in the UK premiere.


It Never Rains (2014) - viola, electric guitar, cello, bass c. 6'

Dancing with Pannonica (2015) - viola, electric guitar, cello, bass c. 4'
New Work (2018) - tenor, organ, viola, electric guitar, cello c. 12'

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1971) - ensemble c. 25'

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Lauda 4 "Oi me lasso" (2002) - tenor, viola, electric guitar, cello, bass 4'

The Flower of Friendship (2009) - viola, electric guitar, cello, bass c.12'

Winestead (2017) - tenor, organ, viola, electric guitar, cello c. 20'

Performers: John Potter, tenor; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Morgan Goff, viola; Nick Cooper, cello; Gavin Bryars, organ and double bass (+Aoife Burke, cello for Jesus' Blood)



GB Ensemble in Den Haag
4 November 2018 | Crossing Border Festival, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Note : Den Haag Concert

Den Haag Concert

Part One

It Never Rains c. 6' (viola, guitar, cello, bass)

The Flower of Friendship c. 12' (viola, guitar, cello, bass)

Lauda 43 Spirito Sancto c. 5' (soprano, counter tenor, viola, guitar, cello, bass)

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet c. 25'

Part Two

Dancing with Pannonica c. 4' (viola, guitar, cello, bass)

Beckett Songbook c. 35 (soprano, counter tenor, viola, guitar, cello, bass)

Epilogue from Wonderlawn c. 6' (viola, guitar, 3 cellos, bass)


Orlanda Bryars (soprano, cello); James Cave (counter tenor, cello); Morgan Goff (viola); James Woodrow (electric guitar); Nick Cooper (cello); Gavin Bryars (double bass)




GB Ensemble, including Beckett Songbook
3 November 2018 | ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch) Netherlands
Note : GB Ensemble Den Bosch

GB Ensemble Den Bosch

Gavin met the artistic director of November Music, Bert Palinckx, at a performance of Gavin's opera The Collected Works of Billy the Kid in Rotterdam, May 25th this year. It transpired that Gavin had borrowed Bert's bass when Gavin's ensemble peformed at a festival in the remote Austrian village of Ulrichsberg many years ago. He will borrow the same bass in Den Bosch!


Lauda con Sordino c.12'

Beckett Songbook c. 30 

The Flower of Friendship c. 12'

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet c. 25'


Orlanda Bryars (soprano, cello); James Cave (counter tenor, cello); Morgan Goff (viola); James Woodrow (electric guitar); Nick Cooper (cello); Gavin Bryars (double bass, piano) 



Performance with Italian Ensemble
6 October 2018 | La Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Lucca, Italy
Note : Dello Scompiglio

Dello Scompiglio

This version of The Sinking of the Titanic revisits Gavin's collaboration with percussionist Antonio Caggiano and members of Alter Ego - with whom he recorded the poiece in Venice for Touch.

Directing:Gavin Bryars, double bass
Costanza Negroni, Luca Sanzò, viola; Michele Rossi, cello; Manuel Zurria, flute; Paolo Ravaglia, bass clarinet; Sergio Sorrentino, electric guitar; Francesco Carlo Leone, keyboards; Antonio Caggiano, percussions 

It also includes the first performance of Half-Time, originally for solo vibraphone for Evelyn Glennie, in which the instrument is played entirely with two bows. This new version for vibes and electcric guitar follows on from Gavin's work with Sergio Sorrentino in Vercelli and Bologna earlier this year.

Compagnie Nationale de Dance, Angers, France
12 September 2018 - 19 March 2019 | Lyon, Angers, Le Mans and others
Note : Merce Cunningham: Biped

Merce Cunningham: Biped

Biped is one of the most successful dance works created by Merce Cunningham, with music by Gavin Bryars and design by Paul Kaiser and Shelly Eshkar. After Merce's death in 2009 the company continued to tour the work, along with other works in the repertoire, until the end of 2011.

Biped was subsequently licensed to the Bavarian State Ballet, who gave many performances in Munich, as well as one in Rouen. For all these performances the music was played live, as will be the new performances. The musicians are: Gavin Bryars, keyboard/bass; James Woodrow, electfric guitar; Audrey Riley, cello; Morgan Goff, viola.

The work is now licensed to the National Dance Company of Angers, France. As with all the licensed performances, the dance is directed by Robert Swinston, long time associate of Merce.

Biped will be performed along with Merce's work Beach Birds, with music by John Cage, played by the same musicians.

There are several performances from September onwards, with further performances probable in 2019, the centenary year of Merce's birth.


12-sept.-18        Biennale de la Danse, Lyon

13-sept.-18        Biennale de la Danse, Lyon

14-sept.-18        Biennale de la Danse, Lyon

20-sept.-18        Les Quinconces, Le Mans

26-sept.-18        Le Quai CDN, Angers

27-sept.-18        Le Quai CDN, Angers

10-jan.-19         Théâtre de Laval

22-jan.-19         Le Grand R, La Roche-sur-Yon

12-march-19      Le Volcan, Le Havre

14-march-19      La Barcarolle, Arques

19-march-19      Le Bateau Feu, Dunkerque


After that, we have strong options for:

  • Festival Montpellier Danse (between June 21stand July 7th2019) probably with a serie of 5 performances
  • Festival Le Temps d'Aimer la Danse, Biarritz (between September 6 to 15, 2019)
  • Festival d'Automne in Paris (October and November 2019)
  • Culturgest in Lisboa (November 2019)




Performance in Dundalk, Ireland
23 June 2018 | St Nicholas Church of Ireland, Dundalk, Ireland
Note : #1

Jesus' Blood...


Diorected by Gavin Bryars: a performance involving professional musicians, amateurs and children, to take place within a programme of other works


Jesus' Blood at Happy Days, Enniskillen