Like Gareth Malone, but cooler...
On Saturday 8th July, I’m (Andrea Cockerton, photo available in hi-res) bringing my acclaimed musical collective to Bury St Edmunds as part of the St John’s Festival. Reviewed by the press as a ‘harmonic phenomenon bursting onto the scenes like a firecracker’ and ‘nothing short of brilliant’, this 100 strong musical collective climbs into, flips upside down, and turns inside out brilliant tracks by brilliant bands in ways you have never heard before… it’s unpredictable, brilliantly chaotic, and euphoric. Here’s some footage.
This gig is a festival of tracks in one night, in a church. Although we keep our set lists secret until the night, the range of bands we’ll be reworking is along the lines of Bombay Bicycle Club, Mumford & Sons, Lorde, Sigrid, The National, The Rolling Stones, OK Go, Simian Mobile Disco, Arcade Fire, Everything Everything, Gregory Porter, Vampire Weekend, Bastille, Oh Wonder & Vance Joy. That’s typically all in one gig. This gig is part of the festival celebrating 175 years of St John’s Church. It sounds incongruous, but the gig is unplugged and will be absolutely mesmerising in that space.
Born in Bury St Edmunds, I went to school at County Upper girl, am a past West Suffolk Young Musician of the Year, feature on various CDs / toured worldwide with Trinity College Choir, and am a fellow of the RSA, and my parents still live in Bury. We Are Sound and the work I do have received rave reviews, including one by Anne Garvey who also writes for the Telegraph – “if you thought Gareth Malone from BBC 2’s The Choir was good - full of focus and with an uncanny ability to draw out the talents of his team - then you deserve to experience the leadership qualities of Cockerton, the woman who wins all hearts.”
But that is where the comparison ends. This is chaotic, euphoric, non-conducted, pulsing, musical freedom that sticks its fingers up at conventional choirs with a wicked smile.
Saturday 8th July / 7.45pm / St John’s Church, Bury St Edmunds
Tickets £14 in advance / £15 on the door: available in person from the Apex / 01284 758000 Or to purchase online (and for more info): www.we-are-sound.com/gigs.