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
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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.