Andy Ingamells presents Up Down Left Right – a one-day event for the Salvation Army Citadel in St. Pauls, Bristol.

On Saturday 11th March, members of the public and the Citadel’s congregation were invited to individually conduct The Salvation Army brass band – without using sheet music. Responding to the conductor’s gestures and movements, the band created a spontaneous and bespoke piece of music with each conductor which contributed to a score made on the day.

The original 1896 Salvation Army Citadel building (which provided the bricks for Theaster Gates’ Sanctum) was replaced in 2015 by a new Community and Family Centre. To mark the development, Andy Ingamells was commissioned to produce a new public artwork. The artist began his research in the Citadel’s music archive, exploring 100 years of composing and performing. From this initial research and supported by Situations, he has developed a proposal for a new score, written through a meeting between the brass band and the public.

As an experimental musician and artist, Andy Ingamells explores unusual methods of composition that blur the line between composer and performer. He has triggered performances in over 30 different countries during a single day, read traffic lights as musical notation and invented the game of violin cricket.

Andy Ingamells and Situations are in the final stages of producing the next stages of the project which will take the form of a new musical score composed of the music from the 11th March, along with an accompanying film work.


The first Salvation Army band circa 1910. Image courtesy Salvation Army

Up Down Left Right is produced by Situations, funded by The Salvation Army and supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Bristol City Council (

Photos: Paul Blakemore

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