Gift - Discover what it means to be gifted!

Gift (2014)

Discover what it means to be gifted!

A gift arrives. What’s inside? Curious? Discover what it means to be gifted: follow talented composer Jez Colborne to the very heart of music making as he uses a shipping container as a musical instrument and performance arena.

The Cast and Crew
Lead Artist – Jez Colborne
Director – Tim Wheeler
Collaborating artists – Joyce Nga Yu Lee and Billy Hickling
Music Producer – Si McGrath

The Performers
Alan ClayBilly HicklingJez ColborneJoAnne Haines, Joyce Nga Yu Lee, Liam Bairstow, Lorraine Brown, Paul Bates, Sarah Bowes, Si McGrath, Vince Watkins

What Audience Members have said:

“Exhilarating and moving experience from the inside out and the outside in.” – Varla, Freedom Studios

“Gift was an amazing experience. A shipping container used as an instrument, and we were inside!” – Spare Tyre

“Gift was… well, a gift! Infectious performances from the fantastic Jez and Mind the Gap.” – DaDa Fest

The Commissioning Body
Originally Commissioned by PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial, the show premiered in Bradford City Park as part of Bradford Festival in June 2014 before touring to the Southbank Centre, London and was an official culture 2014 event for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme.

Past Performances

Date Venue Details
30 August 2014 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Liberty Festival
2 August 2014 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme
1 August 2014 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme
6 July 2014 Southbank Centre New Music Biennial
14 & 15 June 2014 City Park Bradford Festival

Press & Media

Press and Media coverage around Gift

PRS for New Music Foundation – Published 2013

The Bradfordian – Published 12 January 2014

Sinfini Music – Published 20 January 2014

Disability Arts, Wales – Published 12 February 2014

Telegraph & Argus – Published 26 March 2014

Disability Arts Online – Published 21 May 2014

BCB Radio – Aired 30 May 2014

Gus Garside Review, Disability Arts Online – Published 8 July 2014

Fiona Maddocks Review, The Observer – Published 13 July 2014

Ken Walton Review, The Scotsman – Published 4 August 2014

Trisha Wheatley Review, Disability Arts Online – Published 1 September 2014



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