Christopher Fox studied at the universities of Liverpool, Southampton and York, where his teachers included Hugh Wood and Jonathan Harvey. He received a PhD in composition from the University of York in 1984. From 1984 to 1994 he was a member of the composition staff at the Darmstadt New Music Summer School. He is currently Professor in Music at Brunel University, a post he took up in 2006. His music is widely performed, broadcast and recorded. He is also a prolific writer on music.
Phantom Voices is a 50-minute musical work for the six voices of The Clerks, whose live singing is interspersed and interrupted by pre-recorded voices, songs and abstract sounds. Populated by voices and songs humorous and poignant, whimsical and disturbing, this atmospheric performance piece expresses and explores scientific insights into the experience of musical hallucinations, and reveals some of the processes by which we hear, remember and recall music.
Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, Phantom Voices was premiered by The Clerks and their Artistic Director Edward Wickham at Shoreditch Parish Church on 15th December 2014 as part of the Spitalfields Festival.
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