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Music by Soundtransformations - Alchemy Late Opening
Music by Soundtransformations - Alchemy Late Opening

Fri, 24 May



Music by Soundtransformations - Alchemy Late Opening

Visit our ‘Alchemy’ exhibition as the sun sets and enjoy a fascinating performance of Mongolian Khöömei singing by Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino.

Time & Location

24 May 2024, 18:30 – 21:00

London, Townsend Yard, London N6 5JF, UK

About the event

Join us for a late opening of our exhibition 'Alchemy', explore the gardens at sunset and immerse yourself in an alchemical experience bringing together art, craft, live music and nature.

This special event will welcome musicians Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino, the UK’s most experienced Mongolian Khöömei singers to fill the glasshouse with this traditional music, listed by the UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Khöömei is a form of singing originating in western Mongolia, in the Altai mountains. The performer imitates sounds of nature, simultaneously emitting two distinct vocal sounds taking advantage of the throat's resonance characteristics. Khöömei literally means pharynx, and it is believed to have been learned from birds.

The evening will highlight, through the music and art on view, human’s ability to transform material and work with nature in ways that express our deep entwinement with the more-than-human.

This event is part of 'Alchemy', an exhibition and programme of events that intertwines the transformative elements of craftsmanship and nature, an alchemical union of human creativity and the dynamic, rhythmic forces inherent in the natural world.

The exhibition features Kim Colebrook, Tim Copsey, Diane Griffin, Rosalind Hobley, María Ignacia Walker, Alice McCabe, Victoria Louise Meadows, Faith Mowbray, Esther Palmer, Jo Pearl and Marek Pitera.

Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino are the UK’s most experienced Mongolian Khöömii/Overtone/Throat Singers. Their latest album, Heaven​’​s Mountains, Sacred Lakes, Ancient Lands is inspired by the people, landscape & culture of Kyrgyzstan. They have performed concerts all over the world and draw from their years of experience to create engaging events, musically, culturally and meditatively. They have a unique collection of musical instruments such as the Morin Khuur (Mongolian horse head fiddle), Tobshuur (fretless lute), Tömör/Khalsun Khuur (Jews-harp), Irish Bouzouki, Khazakh Dombra, Indian Banjo, Tibetan/Himalayan singing Bowls, Symphonic Gongs, Harmonic flutes, Kyrgyz Kyl-Kyiak, Turkish Ney flute, Veena, shaman’s drum, Native American flute and more.

There will be a bar offering a selection of wine, beer and cordials.


6:30 Open Doors

7 to 7:30pm 1st Live Music Set

8 to 8:30pm 2nd Live Music Set

Subsidised Tickets:

We have a few tickets at a subsidised rate. If this event is not monetarily accessible to you, please write to us at to avail yourself of a subsidised ticket rate. Subject to availability.

Refund Policy:

These tickets are refundable up to 10 days before the start of the event (14 May) post which they will be non-refundable.

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