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'War, that mad game the world so loves to play' Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745) 'Now hollow fires burn out to black, And lights are guttering low: Square your shoulders, lift your pack, And leave your friends and go. Oh never fear, man, nought's to dread, Look not left nor right: In all the endless road you tread There's nothing but the night.' Alfred Edward Housman (1859 – 1936) 'But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.' John Adams (1735 - 1826)
'When kings will sit to feast, They get their fill before they think With poisoned meat and poisoned drink. He gathered all that springs to birth From the many-venomed earth; First a little, thence to more, He sampled all her killing store; And easy, smiling, seasoned sound, Sate the king when healths went round.' A E Housman
Interlude 06:40


I was commissioned to compose this score for the dance-theatre piece ‘realPolitik’, choreographed by Julie Hope and performed at the Michaelis Theatre, London in 2008.

‘realPolitik’ was a re-working of ‘The Green Table’, a tanztheater piece created by German choreographer Kurt Jooss in 1932. ‘The Green Table’ explored political corruption and the futility and horror of war. This modern version was also looking at those issues, focussing on modern warfare and personal power-plays between characters.

My idea was to write music for the show that wasn’t directly pastiche but that would evoke the 1930’s era of the original and give it a particular atmosphere - so in that way I had composers like William Walton, Kurt Weill and Stravinsky in mind while I was writing but I also wanted to create a contemporary edge. Mostly I wanted to give the audience something engaging to listen to for 40 minutes and the choreographer and dancers some dynamic, and emotional music to interact with.


released July 27, 2012

Spoken Voice: Chris Mark
French Horn: Emma Bell
All other vox, composition, performance and production: Chloë March
Cover Photo: Still taken from film by Julie Hope 2008 ©


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Vocalist, Producer, Composer and Pianist. Emotionally charged, highly distinctive, genre-defying, beautifully crafted and intensely atmospheric songs and soundworlds. Dreampop/Ambient Pop/Neo-Classical. 'Absolutely Superb' BBC6 Music. Independent Artist on Hidden Shoal and Powderkeg Records. Licensing Enquiries: cam[at] hiddenshoal.com ... more

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