The Vital Spark – Illustrations by Steve Appleton These illustrations were made in real time by artist Steve Appleton during the men’s singing course in January and February 2020 at The Friends Meeting House.
One of my favourite moments of Saturday’s performances was ‘discovering’ the choir standing silently in the woods – particularly in the second show. The dusk accentuated the luminous quality of everyone’s’ white shirts against the dark of the trees. Then the beginning of Barren Estate – the incantation of this plant-spell reverberating amongst the tree […]
Houghton Hall 5/5/19 A small but perfectly-formed bunch of the choir went up to Houghton Hall for a reconnaissance site visit for our forthcoming show I Reach Right Up to the Sun so we could look at and test various locations around the magnificent grounds. The Henry Moore exhibition has been installed and the sculptures […]
Castle Howard 3/5/19 A whistlestop, there-and-back-in-a-day trip to Scarborough. Well, nearly Scarborough. Castle Howard to be precise where the famous TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited was filmed. Sian, Orlando Gough and I whizzed around the house guided by the very gracious Mr Nick Howard with a view to making a piece for this magisterial house […]
The opportunity to spend two days working alongside the curatorial team and nine other creative freelancers at the Wellcome Collection came through the Norfolk & Norwich Festival and the organisation called Without Walls which produces outdoor performance with a number of dance, theatre and circus companies across the UK. Standout (slightly anxiety-provoking) moment for me […]
Henry Moore Foundation 3/4/19 To Perry Green in Hertfordshire and the Henry Moore Foundation. Choir member Amanda Geitner made the introduction to Sebastiano Barassi (Head of Henry Moore Collections and Exhibitions) and curator Hannah Higham who were really generous with their time. For anyone who hasn’t yet been, this is highly recommended. Really looking forward […]