It features on new project ‘Handfuls Of Night’...

The tragic story of Scott's mission to the Antarctic stands as an example of real bravery and absolute commitment to science.

A tale that seems to resonate ever more brightly as the years pass, it acts as the fulcrum for Penguin Cafe's new album 'Handfuls Of Night'.

Out shortly, it's the much-loved project's first album since 2017's 'The Imperfect Sea', and it's an ambitious narrative work, fuelled by Arthur Jeffes' painterly touch.

The root of the album lies in that fateful journey, something Arthur Jeffes helped to re-trace alongside the BBC back in 2005.

"I’m no explorer but I was keen, especially as there’s a family link – Scott was married to my great grandmother before she married my great grandfather," he explains. "Antarctica by this stage being a protected environment, we swapped to the Arctic circle where we spent three months on the Greenland ice sheet, first dog-sledding and then man-hauling just short of 1000 km at 10,000 feet, across ice fields and glaciers."

Working in almost complete isolation, the impact had a tremendous impact on the composer. He recalls:

"I had lots of time to ponder my life back home. It was then that I decided to get my Master of Music degree and focus on composing music, and also then that I realised that even in the most remote silent places, music can still be a huge part of one’s internal world and imagination."

"Whilst on the expedition. I spent days playing things back in my head and also writing new things, which I would then try and write down at the end of the day."

There are certainly elements of this experience in 'Chapter', a bold, cinematic track that acts as one of the focal points on the album as a whole. There's a painterly touch to the piece, so evocative of an extreme landscape while remaining utterly humane and completely relatable.

Arthur comments: “There is a sense of place representing creativity, where endless space and emptiness – albeit with an underlying sense of beauty and timelessness – is a perfect context for creating something...”

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Catch Penguin Cafe at the following shows:

28 Birmingham Town Hall
29 Edinburgh Queens Hall
30 Cambridge Corn Exchange

1 Leicester De Montfort Hall
2 London Queen Elizabeth Hall
3 Manchester Royal Northern College of Music
5 Bristol St George's
6 Cardiff St David's Hall
7 Dublin National Concert Hall

Photo Credit: Alex Kozobolis

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