This is a Voice

Bowers & Wilkins have teamed up with Matthew Herbert to amplify his interactive Chorus, part of the incredible This Is A Voice exhibition at London’s Wellcome Collection.

The voice is shapeless and immaterial, and yet fills up an entire gallery in Wellcome Collection’s major spring exhibition. This Is A Voice looks inside vocal tracts, restless minds and speech devices to capture the elusive nature of the human voice, from its origins within the body, to the sounds ringing in our heads.


Celebrating the aural and the oral, This Is A Voice features daily ‘voicings’, live performances and demonstrations, creating an acoustic journey of sound and film by contemporary artists and composers, punctuated by paintings, manuscripts, medical illustrations and ethnographic objects.


One of the main attractions is an interactive piece by the multi-talented electronic musician Matthew Herbert, which uses Bowers & Wilkins speakers to deliver pristine sound to visitors. Commissioned in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, Herbert’s work allows visitors to add their own voices to the mix of sound in the gallery.


Matthew Herbert’s Chorus encourages visitors to sing a single note to add to a chorus of voices, forming an ever-expanding sound installation that plays in the exhibition and on the Wellcome Collection website.

The recording takes place in a dedicated booth, on the outside of which are situated five Bowers & Wilkins CWM7.4 custom installation loudspeakers, powered by the incredibly capable Rotel RKB 8100 power amplifier. This combination provides crystal clear sound, allowing visitors to truly experience the ever growing work.


This Is A Voice runs from 14 April to 31 July 2016 at Wellcome Collection Located at 183 Euston Road, London. Entry is free, so why not visit the exhibition and add your voice to the chorus.

Find out more at the Welcome Collection.

Photography by Michael Bowles

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