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Sounds of Assembly

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Shot silk
5 min 50 sec
Bright as ink
8 min 10 sec
Angelica green sky
4 min 35 sec
Stars like needlepoint
18 min 47 sec
Crooked lines of grey
11 min 5 sec

This recording marks the second meeting of this quartet. The occasion was an afternoon session organised for inclusion in Stewart Morgan's film "Eddie Prévost's Blood". A special location had been chosen - the large assembly hall of Prévost's old senior school, Addey & Stanhope in Deptford, London, where he enrolled in the mid 1950s. Coincidentally, a dozen years later John Butcher began senior school a few miles further up the Thames in Bermondsey, the neighbourhood of Eddie's childhood home. Ute Kanngiesser and Jennifer Allum met each other and Eddie when, over a decade ago, they became regular attendees of his long-running weekly music workshop in Southwark. The track titles are borrowed fromJoyce Carey's Thames-side descriptions in his novel "The Horse's Mouth".

Recorded by Giovanni La Rovere at Addey and Stanhope School, London, April 29, 2013
Mixed and Mastered by John Butcher
Artwork and design by Cathy Fishman