The Arms of Sleep

The Arms of Sleep is an overnight sleepover experience, for adults, in which you can experience a unique dream-like and immersive night of music and stories, sound and images. It is the most extraordinary event yet from Norfolk’s innovative Voice Project Choir and it takes place at The Assembly House Norwich, from 22-26 May as part of the 2017 Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Arriving in the elegant Georgian surroundings of The Assembly House, each guest (maximum 40 people) will be given a bed in which to spend the night, drifting into sleep surrounded by sound and shadows.

Voice Project Co-Director Sian Croose said ‘We aim to create an atmosphere where the audience can spend the night surrounded by sound and shadows, balancing and drifting between sleep and wakefulness.’ Jonathan Baker adding ‘Stretching from dusk to darkness to dawn, this could almost be likened to an all enveloping, immersive secular Vespers’.

The ethereally beautiful music for The Arms of Sleep has been written by Jonathan Baker, Orlando Gough, Jon Hopkins and Helen Chadwick, much of it specially composed for the event. There will be atmospheric themed films and visuals from Great Yarmouth born artist Sal Pittman of KlangHaus (which recently sold out a week of shows in Norwich and is returning to London’s Royal Festival Hall in the summer for a 40-show run).

Performances begin at 9.30pm on the evenings of 22-26 May and finish the following morning. There will be a post-event talk on Wednesday 24 May.

Audiences for The Arms of Sleep should take a simple overnight bag with toothpaste, toothbrush, nightwear etc. Water and refreshments will be available during the event and breakfast will be included. 

This is the second part of the Voice Project’s Arms of Sleep trilogy. It follows on from Beyond Stars at Norwich Cathedral in January and will conclude with the choir’s winter project in early 2018. The Arms of Sleep is also set to be staged at Brighton international Festival in May 2018.

The Voice Project are twice winners of EDP People’s Choice Award. They have taken their unique vision of what a community choir can be to international jazz festivals around the UK and mainland Europe, appeared on prime time French TV and had one of their London concerts broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Totally open access, it is now one of the best known choirs in the East of England, having given many hundreds of singers the opportunity to take part in unique creative performances of high quality new vocal music.