Huge thanks to all who took part in City of Strangers at the Friends Meeting House – the atmosphere and the singing were tremendous. Lots of thank yous: to Deb at the Meeting House, Marian Fox, Fiona Garner, Philip and Margaret Howard.
Home 1 (photo Tim Cawkwell)
And a very big thanks to Tim Tracey for the brilliant lighting and the team, – Roz Coleman (stage manager), Ruth Sandell, Pip Cotterill, Alix Lingford, Lorna Shipley, Elena Italia, Sal Pittman, Chris Whitfield.
Rebecca Askew, Sian Croose, Sianed Jones and Jon Baker spent some time last week working on the musical shape of the new N&N Festival commission of “Singing the City – From Dawn to Dusk”. Very exciting to hear the music coming together and to imagine where and at what time of day we’ll be performing the pieces.
L-R Rebecca, Sian, Sianed in the Jerwood Kiln Room, Snape Maltings, March 2012
Of course, all this hard work is helped immeasurably by singing in the wonderful acoustic of the Kiln Room in Snape Maltings. The wooden floor, acoustic wooden panels and the tall tapered ceiling chimney left in place by the architects make this room sound simultaneously warm, detailed and very ‘present’.
Two miles down the road from Snape, the partly Saxon church at Iken, sitting on a promontory jutting out into the estuary also has a great acoustic – fairly dry and clear.
St Botolph’s Church Iken
Sianed and Sian in St Botolph’s Iken, Suffolk. March 2012
Just go to the members’ area – type in username and password and listen and/or download the demo audio files of Helen Chadwick’s ‘Illa Lucem Extendebat’ and Jonathan Baker’s piece ‘Into Dusk Into Day’. There’s more to follow. One more thing, you’ll need a Flash-enabled device as no iPods or iPads will do it…