Tracking the passing of
Hackney's Haggerston Estate and wider utopian principles of social
housing, Estate offers an unruly celebration of extraordinary
everyday humanity. As a 1930s block is bulldozed, a
luxury-apartment-complex rises. Challenging tired stereotypes,
Estate interweaves intimate long-term observational footage with
the residents' own historical re-enactments and dramatised
reveries. Please click here
for the film's edicated website.
Olivia is a classically-trained
singer/songwriter who will compose and perform original songs,
drawn from history, archive and resident's stories narrating the
life of the estate.
We are delighted to have received support from
PRSF (Foundation for New Music)
towards Olivia writing and
composing songs about the Estate.
The following photographs are from Olivia's performance on the
estate for Empty Words Build Empty Homes
2012). Olivia performed two sets, one in the afternoon to an
audience of around 150, and in the evening, which was open to the
There will be several more performances, also on the
estate itself, with Olivia's song cycle. Most likely a large public
one in march 2013 (please check the events tab). During the year we
will add previews of her songs to the site.
For those of you who do not yet know Olivia's music, you
can see the wonderful reviews about her below, and keep checking in
to see her live, also via her own website: http://oliviachaney.net/
‘…Multi-talented.. completely dizzying, a sound that
didn't seem to be of this earth.’
‘Haunting, majestic and truly stunning, London's
Olivia Chaney brings traditional folk back into a world of alt.
Will Hodgkinson, MOJO
'Beautiful, moving, intelligent singing'
‘Singer Olivia Chaney is on a distinctive musical journey
increasingly people are sitting up and taking
Philip Ward, R2 Magazine