Song of Contagion: The Music

This sequence of five videos is taken from the film of the whole show as performed at Wilton's Music Hall in June 2017, available on DVD from Grand Union, and forms a complete record of the performance. The whole sequence. 75 minutes duration, can also be played continuously via this Playlist on Youtube.

Cholera, rampant in London in Victorian times, was eventually eradicated by building the sewage system London still benefits from today. but no such steps were taken in Kolkata, where the disease remains endemic today.


Only when the gay community and sympathetic activists drew attention to the rising death toll from AIDS/ HIV did the media,  then public opinion, stir  the government into funding research, and ultimately developing effective drug treatments. 


For decades, millions of people in Africa have suffered from dengue fever, and even when the disease reached the Caribbean no-one took any notice. But when Zika, carried by the same mosquito, threatened the Brazil Olympics, it really hit the headlines.


The consumption of sugar, encouraged by the junk food industry, is the leading cause of deaths from coronary heart disease throughout the world...


Since the end of the first world war, shell-shock in combatants (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) has begun to be taken seriously and treated as an illness; but no such treatment has been extended to the unwitting victims of conflict, the  'collateral damage'.


Tony Haynes is writing about the music in greater detail on his monthly blog. The first of these posts, describing the composition of ACTIVISM, appears here.

Stay In Touch