Poets, musicians, composers: apply now to take part in this year's Bascule Chamber Concerts beneath Tower Bridge

Photo: Gabor Gergley

The Bascule Chamber Concerts return to fill the spectacular subterranean space in the depths of Tower Bridge with a cacophony of new music and performance.

The Bascule Chambers team have three exciting ways for you to get involved this year, with a composer commission, music performance, and spoken-word performance opportunities, so make sure you apply by Friday 7 June. More details on all opportunities below.

We'd particularly like to showcase the work of Black, Asian & minority ethnic artists. These opportunities are open to all artists regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.

To Apply

We'd like to know about your work, and what you would bring to these concerts through this opportunity. Send us a video or audio recording describing who you are, what music or poetry you've been making and performing, what your early ideas are for this call, and how they might work live, max 5 minutes. This could be as simple as a video recorded on your phone.

Please also send us a link to a video or audio recording of your work.

Please send this or any questions you may have to the Bascule Chamber Concerts team by Friday 7 June at basculechambers@gmail.com. Successful performers will be informed by Saturday 15 June.

Performers need to be available during the afternoon and evening of Wednesday 18 September, evenings of Thursday 19 September, Friday 20 September, and all afternoon and evening of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September.

More information

The Bascule Chamber Concerts take place in the south Bascule Chamber of Tower Bridge in London: a huge underground brick-lined space beneath the Thames.

The Bascule Chambers are where Tower Bridge's huge counterweights swing down as the bridge above ascends. These giant chambers are built into the river itself, beneath the line of the Thames with the underside of the road forming the chambers' ceiling.

The concerts will take place as part of Totally Thames 2019 from Thursday 19 - Sunday 22 September.

These calls are being co-curated by composer/producer Iain Chambers and DJs/presenters/writers Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt, with Apartment House’s Anton Lukoszevieze for the composer call.

This year's concerts will feature music performed by the renowned contemporary music group Apartment House.

The Bascule Chamber Concerts are supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by the PRS Foundation’s Open Fund.