Jeremy Deller’s English Magic Performance

10th Oct 2014

On Saturday 11 October Jeremy Deller: English Magic opens at Turner Contemporary in Margate. Deller uses ‘English Magic’ to explore mysterious acts and ‘magical’ transformations in British Society – its people, myths and folklore as well as its broad cultural, socio-political and economic history. Commissioned by the British Council for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2013, Turner Contemporary presents the final UK showcase of English Magic (11 October until 11 January 2015) following a national tour since January 2014 supported by the Art Fund. 


To celebrate the opening, Melodians Steel Orchestra and Turner Contemporary’s resident ‘Big Sing’ choir will come together to perform an exciting and unique musical collaboration of contemporary music. The performance will include a varied programme from Melodians Steel Orchestra who will be joined by Thanet ‘Big Sing’ Community Choir to perform three unlikely vocal and steel band arrangements from composers and arrangers Emily Peasgood, Robert Thompson, Dr Tom Chatburn and Tamla Batra, featuring:

    • Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma, arr. Robert Thompson & Emily Peasgood
    • All Night Long by Lionel Richie, arr. Emily Peasgood & Dr Tom Chatburn
    • Music by John Miles, arr. Tamla Batra & Emily Peasgood


Performances are on Saturday 11 October from 2-2.45pm and 4-4.45pm in Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery and promise to be loud, high energy and not to be missed!


Running concurrently, Crate Studio of Margate are also delighted to announce the opening of ‘English Magic Re-Mix’, a collaborative show of new works by Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge. Taking elements from Deller’s English Magic exhibition, English Magic Re-Mix is a selection of new and re-worked imagery. Conceived originally as a celebratory way to mark the end of a touring show, English Magic Re-Mix acts as the naughty offspring of the original.

The exterior of the Crate building (a former printworks behind Margate High Street) will be transformed with posters and viewable at all times throughout the duration of the show.

English Magic Re-Mix opens on Friday 10 October from 6pm-9pm and will then run concurrently with the final showcase of English Magic at Turner Contemporary, Margate.


For more information visit

Turner Contemporary

Sounds Like Art

Em Peasgood

Melodians Steel Orchestra

Crate Studios & Project Space 




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