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Sunday 11th Sept 1pm St John the Baptist Church Fleet St Coventry

Montague’s Song – An intimate Requiem for a lost Coventry violinist

Montague Johnson

We sing a story of the soldiers of The Somme

Of whom one from Coventry was named, Montague.

Theatre Absolute and Talking Birds present Montague’s Song, an intimate Requiem for Coventry violinist Montague Johnson, who was lost at the Battle of the Somme exactly 100 years to the hour of this performance.

His story will be told, and the mystery of a discovery made many years later will be uncovered.

Performed by Derek Nisbet, Chris O’Connell and Elinor Coleman.

Date: Saturday 3rd September 2016

Time: 6pm (Doors 5.30pm)

Venue: St John’s Church, Fleet Street, Coventry CV1 3AY

Running time: 30 mins approx

(followed by drinks at the Shop Front Theatre, 38 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW)

Admission: £4 (£3 concessions) via OxBoffice:

Tel 0845 6801926

This performance can be captioned (subtitled) to your mobile device via Talking Birds’ The Difference Engine.

To use this service or for any other access enquiries please e-mail: access[at]

On 26 June 2016 I curated a Misummer Music event at the RSC on the theme of Love featuring Jake Oldershaw, Elinor Coleman, Juwon Ogungbe, Karen Street and Erica Newton.

Live Recording:

Midsummer Music Poster_A4_lo

Just completed sound-score to Progress, a dance film by EveryBody Dance, choreographed by Rachel Freeman, directed by John Humphrys.

With Claire Cunningham performed in Guide Gods in Australia at the Perth International Arts Festival.

On tour 2015 with scores by Derek:

A World Beyond Man by Centric Theatre tours the Highlands:

“The stage is bathed in cold, steely light and the chill is reinforced by Derek Nesbit’s wonderfully sparse sound design: quiet dissonant strings and metallic whistles contribute perfectly to the Arctic ambience” (BrodawayBaby review)

Arc* and The Mill by Ockham’s Razor:

*Rose Theatre, Kingston 21 & 22 June as part of Triple Bill

“it is beautiful to watch, especially with the score by Derek Nisbet” – The Australian on Arc

“Derek Nisbet’s haunting musical composition perfectly complimented the action” – British Theatre Guide on The Mill

Coming up from July – sound design for exhibition of the work of photographer Shirley Baker at The Photographer’s Gallery, London.

The Hundred Years’ War: The Somme to Afghanistan

On UK tour throughout 2015


Highlights from 2014:

Watch Ant & Cleo – The Musical! in 3’54” with Orchestra of the Swan and Talking Birds (Composer/Co-Artistic Director)

Winner of the People’s Millions


Guide Gods with Claire Cunningham (Composer/Musician) performed as part of the Commonwealth Games cultural programme in Glasgow, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre as part of UNLIMITED and at the Belfast Festival at Queen’s.


Twin Song composed with writer Peter Cann for the Volgograd Children’s Symphony Orchestra and premiered at Coventry Cathedral with Coventry Youth Wind Ensemble – subsequently performed in Volgograd by the VCSO

Theatre Absolute – Far from the Sea (Composer)

Migration Flyer FINAL v2 rev
Migration Flyer FINAL v2

Talking Birds & the Centres for the History of Medicine in Dublin & Warwick – A Malady of Migration (Composer/Musician)

The Q (Talking Birds – Director/Performer) at Mintfest, Kendal

On tour: The Whale & The OakMobile (Talking Birds – Composer/Devisor)

From the archive:

One Voice – commissioned for the Holocaust Memorial Day 2009

The Last Lot – 2007

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