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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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July 27th

Italy, Piedicavallo Festival


Monday 12th August 7.30pm

London,The Horse Hospital ,Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD

£8/£6 concs 0207 833 3644


18th August

The Great Hall, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon,


Nanook of the North (1922 - Robert Flaherty)

live soundtrack performance

with Oxford Contemporary Music (OCM)

The Belman's Lament

a song from Tyburnia, shot at Combe Gibbet

film by Emma Crouch

The Whipping Cheer

a song from Tyburnia, performed on Hemp Break


The DRO are having a bit of a quiet year in 2019... sort of.


The reason being that the three rats are all working on different projects that have us running litereally all over the world, and whilst we focus on these things, the rats are going to be a bit quiet untill 2020. Then more great things will come.


Daniel has been in Egypt working with composer Fayrouz Kaddal, and together they are about to launch their first album as KaddalMerrill. Titled Rain Over Nubia, the Album features musician from across Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea, and draws on the folk tradtions of Egypt, the UK and Nubia.


Rain Over Nubia will be released Antigen Records in August 2019, and accompanied by a UK tour. See their website or go to their facebook page for more information.


Meanwhile, Nathaniel has been a very busy, creating two radio broadcasts that have appeared on BBC Radio over the past few months.


Dead Rats and Meat Cleavers, on Radio 4 explored the origins of the bronze meat cleavers that were such a feature of 2018's tour with Sutari, as well as Nathan's project Rough Music that started during his residency at the Pitt Rivers Museum


The second was for the Between The Ears, and was the rather special Container Ship Karaoke, on Radio 3 exploring the fascinating world of Karaoke entertainment for sailors on container ships, modern sea shanties! No bottles of rum, but some heart breaking ballads and deep water sounds.


There's always more - but that will come later.

Tyburnia Tour 2015

This black and white 16mm footage documents the Tyburnia Tour 2015 featuring Dead Rat Orchestra live soundtracking James Holcombe's film of the same name.