Wednesday 18 March 2020, 9pm

Photo by Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi / The Guardian

CAFE OTO FUNDRAISER: Choir night with OTO Choir + Sound Orchestra + Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations + Ruth Anderson Diffusion + Sami Fitz + DJ Spiritual Advisor

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The third event in our fundraiser week is a choir night, featuring our very own OTO Choir, who meet in the OTO Project Space and have worked on pieces by Aine O Dwyer, Sarah Davachi and Annea Lockwood.

Following a gong bath led by Sami Fitz and members of the Leo Cosendai Sound Orchestra, OTO Choir invite you to to take part in selections from Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations, including Teach Yourself to Fly, Zina’s Circle and the Heart Chant - along with members of the Sonic Meditations Choir.  

The evening will also feature a quadraphonic diffusion of Ruth Anderson's 'I Come Out of Your Sleep.'

DJ Spiritual Advisor will also be in attendance. 

Audience participation is welcomed and instructions will be provided, but you are just as welcome to come and enjoy listening. “No special skills are necessary” - Pauline Oliveros.  

All proceeds benefit the Cafe OTO fundraiser. 


For over a decade OTO has been presenting a back-to-back seven-day a week programme of some of the most exciting music being presented today. A vast number of musicians and audiences have come through our doors over that time.

In the first few years of Cafe OTO we scraped by on equipment we had begged and borrowed. Musicians showed extraordinary generosity in donating bits of equipment and we brought bits and pieces as and when we could. There has always remained a huge discrepancy between the ambition and scale of our programme and the equipment we have to present it.

We recently tried to redress this imbalance by applying to Arts Council England for a capital grant and where extremely grateful to them for supporting us and awarding the grant. This has already made a huge difference to the venue, but as part of that agreement we have to raise an additional £21,200 ourselves.

The Cafe OTO Choir

The Cafe OTO choir is an informal group of voices who meet at Cafe OTO's project space. The Choir is open to all and non notated. Newcomers are welcome every session - singers and non singers. We have previously worked on pieces by Aine O Dwyer, Sarah Davachi and Annea Lockwood and with Imogen Palmer on Ukranian, Macedonian and Bulgarian folk songs.