Episode 14: Never Failed Me Yet

In this episode of the Academy podcast, we look back at our through-the-night performance of Gavin Bryars’ iconic work Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet – a piece centred upon an unknown homeless man’s vocal refrain – at Tate Modern in April 2019.

Over the last twenty years, the Academy has worked creatively with hundreds of people who are or who have been homeless. This particular project was a collaboration with Streetwise Opera, who formed the choir for the performance; and Gavin Bryars’ ensemble and Southbank Sinfonia, who played alongside members of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, West London Mission and The Connection at St Martin’s

Produced by Ben Eshmade