Tickets: FREE
Drapers' Hall, Coventry Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RN
Sat 23 Apr 2022 @ 12.00
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New Music Biennial: "13 Vices" by Brian Irvine and Jennifer Walshe

Sat 23 Apr 2022 @ 12.00
Drapers' Hall, Coventry
Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RN
Duration: 1 hour

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12+, under 16 accompanied by an adult 18+.

For ensemble, improvisers, conductor & voice, 13 Vices melts boundaries between theatre, poetry & contemporary music. Exploring the weird, humorous, dark & exotic world of contemporary vices, it is the creation of pioneering compositional voices -  Brian Irvine & Jennifer Walshe. Featuring Red Note Ensemble, Paul Dunmall, Paul Rogers, & Mark Sanders.

First performed in 2015, the seed was planted many years before when Brian chanced upon sculptures by Mihail Chemiakin in Moscow. The collection of slightly grotesque figures, each representing a particular adult vice that is damaging to children was the springboard to the project, which would eventually become, in Brian’s words, “a wonderfully messy, chopped up, beautiful, bewitching cocktail of the best people making the best sounds and is a project that myself, collaborator Jennifer (Walshe) and all the gang and very proud of!”.

13 Vices will stick with you. It is truly some of the most imaginative and exhilarating music around and we are delighted the piece gets another chance to shine at the Southbank Centre.

Image credit: PRS

New Music Biennial is a PRS Foundation and Southbank Centre initiative. Presented in partnership with Coventry UK City of Culture, BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings with support from Arts Council of England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


Good to Know

  • All performances are seated
  • There will be bag searches at every venue
  • Bags should not be larger than a sheet of A4
  • No professional camera equipment
  • No flash photography
  • No late admittance
  • No food or alcohol brought into the premises  



Belfast's Brian Irvine is a creator of “some of the most exhilarating and imaginative music you'll ever hope to hear” (Washington Post) who's unique musical world combines the known and the unknown, the free and the fixed, the schooled and the unschooled.

He is driven by a single desire to connect, disrupt, reinvent and reimagine all aspects of life, people, society, art and understanding in any and as many ways possible. Drawing on a wide range of subject matter including skateboarders, historic figures, jelly fish and films his work scurries between form and style.


“The most original compositional voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years” (The Irish Times) and “Wild girl of Darmstadt” (Frankfurter Rundschau), composer and performer Jennifer Walshe was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her music has been commissioned, broadcast and performed all over the world.

Access information

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Disabled toilets available.

Induction Loop available.

The new entrance at Drapers’ Hall allows for ground floor access with a lift up to the first floor. Accessible toilets are situated on both levels. The bar has a DDA-level counter top to the right hand side.

There are three steps required for access to the two meeting rooms on the lower level. Otherwise, all rooms are accessible for wheelchair users.

There is an induction loop throughout the building.

The original entrance may still be used upon request, however there are steep steps up to the first floor.

On Bayley Lane there are many cobbled pathways and limited dropped kerbs. There are two Blue Badge parking bays on Bayley Lane.

The seating for events is non-allocated. For requests to reserve seating or for any queries regarding access or assistance please email [email protected]

Socially Distanced Seating:

There are socially distanced seats in each venue for New Music Biennial shows. A limited number of seats are available which are reserved for people who identify as being extremely clinically vulnerable. Wheelchair users may also be accommodated in these areas or within another part of the auditorium. If you would like to request seating in this area, please first book your tickets as normal and then let us know of your request through this form. We will then reply to you to confirm whether you can be accommodated.


A Captioning service is provided by 'My Clear Text' and will be accessible on your own device using a QR code to access the streaming website and read along.

Each piece of music will have lyrics or a simple description of what you can hear. The Q&A will then be live captioned. The second playing of the music will be accompanied again by lyrics and/or simple description.

BSL Interpretation:

BSL Interpretation is not being provided for this event as feedback from similar music events has shown that it is not appropriate for something so heavily reliant on hearing music with a very small proportion having any lyrics. Many of the artists involved have told us that it would not feel appropriate in these circumstances and may be misleading to suggest that a BSL user would find this provision makes the event more accessible.