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We are pleased to announce Arts Council England have awarded us Grants for the Arts funding for our upcoming Tyburnia Tour.

The tour, which started in London on May 27th, took us to gallows and other execution sites across the UK. See SHOWS for locations; we will be announcing more shortly.





Many thanks to all who, came, supported or offered advice with The Cut... it was a raging success!  

A fuller breakdown to follow on our featured Cut page...












Meantime we have a new collection of live performances available on a beautifully packaged CD, featuring primative animation on a special bonus disc!


It's available at one of our live shows or more readily through ANTIGEN RECORDS...

















In a rare move we have the full version of Nathan's Rough Music premier at Oxford in March available to view below - featuring tuned bronze meat cleavers in all their glory!

















One of the UK's most innovative ensembles, their work has been performed, installed and experienced across Europe, North America and the Middle East, and their soundtracks have featured on BBC Television and at Tate Modern.

The DRO have toured and performed internationally with the likes of Martin Carthy, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Pere Ubu, Silver Mount Zion, Eric Chenaux, Silver Apples and Baby Dee.

Aside from their own unique performances, they have composed works for performance by  the London Contemporary Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the Ukranian Conservertoire, and collaborated with The Pitt Rivers Museum. They perform as a Duo or a Trio.

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29th July - Folkestone - Lime Bar - 8pm


31st July - Sidmouth Folk Week 

Cellar Bar Kennaway House - 3pm (ish)



Hear Dead Rat Orchestra's sound track to Tyburnia, streaming at

The Wire - Adventures in Modern Music

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"Tyburnia is a brilliantly conceived, meticulously researched and compellingly delivered piece of work that challenges and coerces the listener to both muse on the past and consider the present tate of power, punishment and dissent." - Froots Magazine


Tyburnia CD Soundtrack and Booklet avalible now

from Antigen Records!

NEW! Serpentine Gallery's short film on TYBURNIA

by Oliver Bancroft.


FIlmed at the Tyburnia Tour launch at the Carpenters Arms, London.

This short video presents James Holcombe's work and overviews DRO involvement in the project.