Assembly 2024

exlRuth / Mark Leckey

Sat 23 Mar 2024
16.00 - 17.30
Lancaster Rooms
New Wing

Assembly's Saturday live programme opens with new performances from exlRuth and Mark Leckey.

Romeo's Fall

Romeo’s Fall is an original score for voice by artist and composer exlRuth (Ruth Hughes), a new work traversing romance and romanticism in a post-industrial North East England. Performed by countertenor Nik Rawlings with accompanying double bass from Caius Williams, the vocal composition sits within a sonic collage of field recordings and drones mixed live by Hughes.   

Drawing from traditional forms of 12th century choral music, classical romanticism and Makina, a contemporary dance music genre local to Hughes’ native Sunderland, Romeo’s Fall leads the audience through a mythic, emotive landscape that reaches beyond the physical. 

Hughes evokes this transcendence in a work informed by congregation, community, euphoria and speed, exploring the meeting points of contemporary dance music cultures, traditional hymnal form, and the sonic appropriation and influence of regional industry.

exlRuth is one of three recipients of Somerset House Studios’ Music and Sound Residency, a 15-month residency for experimental music and sound shaped by Somerset House Studios in collaboration with artist mentors Paul Purgas, Nkisi, and Gaika.



exlRuth (Ruth Hughes) is an artist and composer from Sunderland whose practice focuses on improvisation, appropriating and recontextualising traditional form with a focus on live experience of sound. Romeo’s Fall follows on from her most recent release From Heaven, choral compositions featuring Caius Williams and North East ensemble Bella Canta Ladies Choir. Hughes also DJs under the moniker Excelsior Ruth.

Mark Leckey

Contemporary artist Mark Leckey presents a new performance work for Assembly's 2024 programme. Making use of a variety of media, including film, sound, sculpture, and performance, the Turner Prize winner's versatile practice focuses on the relationship between popular culture and technology, tackling the subjects of anxiety, class, and nostalgia.


Mark Leckey

Mark Leckey's work has been celebrated and exhibited around the world, including Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, in 2008 and at Le Consortium, Dijon, in 2007. 

Leckey’s performances have been staged at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and most recently at the renowned Dutch music festival Le Guess Who? His works are in collections held by Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou, and he hosts a monthly show of musical oddities from his collection on NTS.



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