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Theatrically presented music shows

Who are we?

We are Vix Bourne and Chris Harper, two highly experienced musicians with a flair for the theatrical. Musically educated to Masters level and fluent in variety of musical styles Chris and Vix have been performing together for 15 years.

What do we do?

A Lovely Coincidence create ‘Theatrically presented music shows’ which means songs, pieces, instrumentals and electronic music (prerecorded ‘found’ sound and electronic atmospheres) performed uninterrupted, in a theatrical setting with specifically designed lighting and amplified sound.

Latest work

2020 will see the emergence of ‘Land of Kisses and Volcanoes’

Join us for a dream-like experience of classical guitar and voice duets and solo pieces woven together by lush soundscapes of prerecorded synths, ‘found’ sounds, elements of nature and spoken word. Spanish and South American music by the likes of Manuel de Falla, Agustin Barrios Mangore, Isaac Albeniz and songs from Osvaldo Golijov’s ‘Ayre’ mix with original flamenco inspired songs using the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca with it all glued together using a This Mortal Coil sensibility.

Previous work

In 2013, under previous company name And Then We Danced, Vix and Chris wrote and took ‘Rouse Ye Women‘ to the Edinburgh Festival.

Rouse Ye Women’ tells the story of the chain-making women from the Black Country – once known as the ʻwhite slaves of Englandʼ.  Small chains – known as ‘hand-hammered’ or ‘country-work’ chains – were often hand-worked by women or children in small cramped forges in outbuildings next to their homes. An example of the ‘sweated trade’, the work was hot, physically demanding and very poorly paid. In 1910, after a ten-week strike, the women won a landmark victory that established the first minimum wage in this country.

Our interpretation of this dramatic story is an enthralling and surprising piece of music theatre and takes its name from the principle song – ʻRouse ye Womenʼ. Based on music inspired by the sound of the forges, six women sing, play metallic percussion and use choreographed movement to convey the story. Expect achingly beautiful songs, original strike songs and exciting percussive interludes.

Harper Bourne

From 2008 to 2011 Vix and Chris performed as Harper Bourne, a flamenco inspired ensemble.