This site is about an ongoing project by Victoria Hume exploring delirious experiences in hospital, based on interviews with people who have been through this extraordinary and often disturbing experience.

Delirium (Part I) was premiered at the Old Operating Theatre in London, in June 2013 by Victoria, Quinta and Christopher Reed; and performed again at conferences in Bristol, Manchester and London; at The Green Man Festival; and at The Vortex, Dalston. More performance details and comments are here. You can hear, or buy, the whole cycle on here, on bandcamp. Sincere thanks to the Reading ICU Support Group, and the other interviewees who contributed their time and voices – without whose generosity this project could not have happened – as well as to the PRS for Music Foundation’s Women Make Music scheme.

Delirium (Part II) is beginning now in Johannesburg – with a new interviews and composition process starting late 2015, under the aegis of the University of the Witwatersrand, in particular the Health Communication Research Unit and division of music, WSOA.

The recordings for Delirium (Part I) were produced by Victoria Hume with additional arrangements by Quinta and Christopher Reed. Performed by Victoria Hume (voice, keyboards, guitar, melodica); Quinta (voice, keyboards, viola, saw, percussion); Christopher Reed (guitar, melodica); Adem Ilhan (bass). Mixed by Victoria Hume and Adem Ilhan.

Victoria works as an arts consultant and practitioner, specialising in health and the NHS (while we still have an NHS – please see http://www.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns) and also writes songs. She writes two other blogs: on the experience of moving to Johannesburg, and on arts in health in South Africa.

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