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#ClassicalChill COLOURS

Updated: Jun 21, 2021

A HUGE thank you to all that came out and supported the Colours concert last night. A really special evening and some really amazing comments and feedback.

Music from Messaien Theme and Variations, Arvo Part Fratres, Vaughan Williams Fantastia on Greensleeves and a beaut of a piece from Nico Muhly Drones and Violin ( with a added soundscape recording by me )

Really lovely reaction to all the pieces particularly the Nico Muhly and Messaien as we explored music and colour and the phenomenon of synesthesia and starting the concert with a wonderful quote by Arvo Part - “I could compare my music to white light, which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener.”

Taking inspiration from the ‘Memory and Light’ installation which was first commissioned by London Design Festival in 2018, for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Norfolk House Music Room.

It has now been re-imagined for Belsay Hall, entering into a new dialogue of memory, legacy and freedom of expression within the historic space.

Curated by Clare Farrow in collaboration with Arup specialists Stephen Philips, Ned Crowe and Ed Elbourne, this multi-sensory installation brings Pärt’s words to life in a meeting of design and music, which responds to the historic setting of Belsay Hall, creating a living dialogue between the past and the present.

The installation consists of a transparent curved screen representing the prism in Pärt’s poetic description, alongside a viewing and listening bench where visitors can sit to experience the composer’s words and his music - I hope that the audience last night at #ClassicalChill enjoyed his music along with my abstract mood lighting and new staging.

Thank you again for your support

( picture credit : vikki richards )

- n

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