30th November 2017
Two of my tracks will be heard on Thursday 30th November during during the premier of the brand new documentary Life on the Deben, a film directed by Tim Curtis.and presented by Jon McCarthy. Ticket info see www.lifeonthedeben.com
I will be playing a short performance afterwards during the reception.
FRIDAY OCT 6TH @ 7pm to 8pm
JAMMING WITH A TREE IN BRAZIL
Jerwood Kiln, Snape Maltings (no booking required just turn up)
Using computer vision software specially written for this event, we will be analysing the movements of a banana tree in San Paulo where the Flip Festival originated. This data will be used to generate the soundscape which we will then improvise to - live!
'A live performance of raw human emotions, electronic walls of sound, and delicate piano-led melody in which one of the musicians is a tree in Itaipava, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.' Read More
SATURDAY OCT 7TH @ 11 am to 4 pm intermittently
SOLAR POWERED GRAND PIANO INSTALLATION - 'TALKING TO REED BEDS'
The Marshes, Snape Maltings
We will be wrapped up warm for this one, and I shall be playing my outdoor solar-powered grand piano (get your mind around it!) and Matthew will be processing the sounds of the reeds, wind and weather. I'm so looking forward to this, getting lost in the atmosphere . . . letting go of expectations . Let's see what happens!
'Intuitive inspiration meets technical wizardry as Pianofield give voice to the subtle and ineffable human relationship with the natural world--from earth, sea, sky, thunder, and rain to gravity and the movement of reeds and clouds. Read More
SALON DU THE Sunday 23rd July 4 - 6 pm at Butley Priory, IP123 NR (More info on www.butleypriory.co.uk)
Together with the Aldeburgh Beach Arts Club, artist Caroline Reekie and I are having an informal Salon du The at Butley Priory on
Caroline will show some of her new work, best selling author Meg Rosoff will do a reading, there will be piano music by myself and by Lewis Barham . . we envisage tea on the lawn and wander around the house to enjoy the architecture of the 12C Priory - bring a blanket to sit on. Free entry - donations on the door will be most welcome for Compassion in World Farming.
An informal but fabulous afternoon, beginning with a short walk around the grounds punctuated by poetic musings amid wildflowers. After exploring the woods and its words, we headed for a surprise grand piano installation with guest artists performing to the wind and clouds, wood pigeons and our specially invited audience.
Finally, we returned to the Great Hall at beautiful 14th century Butley Priory for tea, cake, and a grand finale performance from www.pianofield.com
Photos and videos on www.facebook.com/francesshelley
26th March 2017
SPOKEN WORD AND PIANO FOR MEDITATIONS
Commissioned by Reverend Alexandra Wilson
MAGIC MYTH AND MUSIC
Commissioned by the National Trust at Sutton Hoo - in connection with the Great British Walk
To start, a walk with novelist Pauline Moore on a journey through the mythic past of the Anglo-Saxons to Sutton Hoo's atmospheric barrows. Followed by a performance of improvised music in Mrs Pretty's house by Frances Shelley and Matthew Bickerton, in response to the dramatic landscape and Anglo Saxon legends.
Sunday 18 October 2015
SEA TREES RESIDENCY
Commissioned by Aldeburgh Beach Lookout Tower, Suffolk, UK.
A 1-week summer residency, concluding in time for the Aldeburgh Festival; collaborating with Matthew Bickerton and Pauline Bickerton, improvisation works with daily live performance on the foreshore.
REQUIEM FOR A PIANO
Another residency commissioned by Aldeburgh Beach Lookout Tower, Suffolk; performance/film/composition involving an ancient, no longer playable upright piano and the soundtrack written for its demise at sea. In collaboration with/filmed by Jason Gairn.
Concert 2016 at Butley Priory exploring the relationship between old and new.