A field in England / Prisoners (2018)

I am delighted to announce that I am about to open a new site-specific commission in Leicester, supported by De Montfort University and IRCAM. The project In Situ has commissioned 3 artists to make temporary sonic works that animate historic spaces. I am presenting two interrelated pieces that explore the historic connection between Richard III and the City of Leicester in a former armoury tower, Newarke Gateway (also known as The Magazine) in the centre of the city.

A field in England is an electroacoustic work presented over a four channel speaker array arranged in the corners of a large stone-walled room. I started the compositional process with a series of field recordings from in and around the contested site(s) of the Battle of Bosworth where Richard III was killed in 1485. To these I have added a number of ambient and orchestral samples, as well as quotations from a vinyl recording of Shakespeare’s Richard III to produce a four movement, four channel installation that evokes political skullduggery, a battle for the soul of a nation and cries of English nationalism – themes which have a special resonance in 2018.

Prisoners is a hidden work placed inside a chimney breast and made with manipulated voices taken from a vinyl recording of the ‘Princes in the Tower’ from Shakespeare’s Richard III  – the young pretenders to the throne supposedly murdered at the orders of their scheming uncle Richard. Their haunted and haunting voices appear dislocated to the listener, unable to be physically located in space, like a ghostly visitation or seance.

Please come and visit if you are in the area – details below.

Thursday 13 & Friday 14 December: 3pm, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm
Saturday 15 December: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm,
3pm & 4pm

The Magazine & St Nicholas Church

In Situ is a De Montfort University-led collaboration with IRCAM at Pompidou Centre Paris, investigating the creation of site-specific sonic environments celebrating  historic architecture, providing unique a experience on two floors within Leicester’s historic Magazine Gateway and also at St Nicholas Church.

The project is funded by Creative Europe