2015 Conversation Pieces



Monday, 16 March 2015


Bramall, Concert Hall



You are aware, but you are meant to be unconscious.

AWAKE explores the findings of the largest ever study of awareness during anaesthesia through music, poetry and discussion in an event designed to challenge your very concept of consciousness.

The evening features a presentation of the findings of the study together with a major new musical work using first-hand patient accounts, by award-winning composer Michael Zev Gordon and internationally renowned poet Ruth Padel. There will also be a set of songs on the subjects of dream and consciousness, and a round table with scientists and artists.

Hilary Summers – Mezzo-soprano

Andrew West – Piano

Julien Guillamat – Electronics

AWAKE is supported by the
Wellcome Trust