Bill Drummond The 17
28/29 April 2013

Participants needed for The17’s last ever performance


Bill Drummond was born in 1953. Since leaving Liverpool School of Art in 1973 he has used various ways to investigate and converse with the world. These investigations and conversations have found expression via the written word, pop music, actions and The17.

The17 is a choir that existed as an abstract fantasy in Bill Drummond’s head for most of his life.

In 2006, The17 became a reality. Since then Drummond has been leading performances by The17 around the globe, from Moscow to Sao Paulo in Brazil, from Beijing to Port-au-Prince in Haiti. With each performance members of The17 are recruited from the local community.

This is your chance to be a part of The17, a member of the final incarnation. This is an opportunity upon which you shall not pass. You will receive no recorded document of the occasion, such is the nature of The17, but you will be invited to partake in a champagne reception the evening after the final performance, to mark the occasion.

The final performance takes place Saturday 27th April, from 6pm until 8pm.

To register to be a member of the final ever incarnation of The17 visit

Bill Drummond turns 60 on 29th April. From the very beginning of The17 going public in 2006, Drummond planned to end his involvement with the choir on the day before he turned 60.

The other thing that he knew was the last two performances of The17 were to be in Liverpool. The first of these is to be of Score 328: SURROUND on Saturday 27th April. This requires 100 people “with no previous experience” to give two hours of their time between 6pm and 8pm.

The second and final performance is to be of Score 1: IMAGINE. All that is required of you is to turn up anytime between 7am and Midnight on Sunday 28th April at the bottom of Mathew Street and then imagine waking up the next morning and all music has disappeared.

Photograph: Tracey Moberly

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