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Clare Hammond – Ghosts and Whispers (PG)

Silent Film and Live Music

A still from a stop-motion animation by the Quay Brothers. The image is dark, except for a grey puff of smoke on the left hand side of the image

This is our world, but not as you know it. The ghosts and ghouls come out to play as pianist Clare Hammond adds live accompaniment to a spooky set of specially conceived images by the Quay Brothers.

Settle yourself down and prepare to enter an unpredictable and unsettling world. Over the course of an hour, Hammond performs an unbroken sequence of fragments, last thoughts, elegies and absences by Schubert, Mozart, Wagner, Janáček, Stravinsky, Jacquet de la Guerre and Schumann, interwoven with movements from John Woolrich's Pianobooks. Hammond and the stop-motion animators the Quay Brothers will distort your reality with a succession of shadows, illusions and broken promises that slide into darkness, erasure, and death.

Film run time 58 min

Please note this is an animated fantasy, contains scary scenes

Produced by the Barbican

Digital programme


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