Jacqui Wicks

Kelham Island Museum - Friday Opening Concert

Cantus Machina is a live-scored composition for voice and found sounds. 

Using improvised vocals, loops, verbatim testimony and extended vocal technique, singer Jacqui Wicks will create a soundscape to accompany the sounds of machinery found in and around the spaces of Kelham Island Industrial Museum. 

The work is ‘aleatory’ (improvised) and will be created ‘in the moment’ as a response to sounds and histories found in the museum spaces.

Jacqui works as a vocalist in many different settings, primarily as a collaborator on the creation and performance of live literature events with the musical collective Schwa and with Hard Times Orchestra.

She has most recently collaborated with composer Charlie Wells on a live-scored interpretation of Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum Of The Moon’ installation, commissioned by Creative Wakefield for ‘Festival Of The Moon’.

As an improvising vocalist she has worked with Charlie Wells on her compositions ‘Trench Symphony’ and ‘Symphony For Mothers and Sons’, she has worked with Yorkshire Silent Film Festival in the creation of live musical scoring of feature length films and on the inaugural Soundstripes event curated by artist Alice Bradshaw.

She was the voice of the legendary bangra-punk ensemble The Sex Patels and has worked in such diverse settings as cathedrals, festivals, concert halls, theatres, prisons and on public transport.

In 2017 she collaborated with composer Ed Cooper and poet Ralph Dartford in a performance for the Leeds Lieder Festival of Art Song. She is presently undertaking research funded by Arts Council England into the early blues pioneers, looking at contemporary applications of a heritage musical form.

Mellifluous Vocals, lovely and timeless Yorkshire Evening Post

‘A singer of commitment and artistic integrity’ Alice Nutter

She’s got the voice and the presence to make you sit up and take notice NetRhythms

She really does have a great voice, full of depth and texture, with a great deal of soul. The audience soaked it all up, dancing along. The Au Review