Recording: Where the Marsh Plants Grow
Rehearsals are underway for Where the Marsh Plants Grow, a recording project centred on the eponymous work by Kerry Andrew. This new recording includes diverse musical explorations of how human beings interact with the earth, from the musings of Tudor herbalists to contemporary reflections on wassail songs and bees.
Culminating in summer 2019, this project will also include an exciting performance tour and a workshop, participants from which will be featured on the recording! Watch this space for more details...
Via Nova + J.S. Loveard
Vespers: There is a light
A unique series of events throughout Yorkshire in the summer of 2018, performing and workshopping new compositions based around Tchaikovsky’s Vespers.
CONCERTS (free of charge; retiring collection):
2 August, 19:30 @ College of the Resurrection, Mirfield
3 August, 19:30 @ Chantry Chapel, Wakefield
WORKSHOP (free of charge):
4 August, 12:00–18:30 St Peter’s Church, Harrogate
Chris Cresswell http://www.chriscresswellmusic.com
Moss Freed http://mossfreed.com
In early 2018, we recorded a few tracks with Birmingham-based engineer Ethan Lowry. See the Listen tab to hear recordings of James Oldham's Beverly Hills Cop is Probably Like This But I've Not Seen It and Philip Moore's Thou Art My Life.
In the summer of 20187 we carried out a short tour of several venues in Yorkshire, performing a variety of contemporary works for concerts and services at the National Coal Mining Museum, the Hepworth Gallery, the famous Haworth Parish Church (once presided over by the father of Charlotte, Emily, & Anne Brontë), and Wakefield Cathedral.
This project included an exciting programme of new works, including:
An improvisatory game-piece based on early Brontë texts by
Paul Zaba https://soundcloud.com/paul-zaba
Works by a longtime friend of the choir,
Jonathan Bielby https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Bielby
And a Magnificat/Nunc Dimittis setting by
Georgia Denham https://www.georgia-denham.com
Via Nova @ the Ikon Gallery:
In 2016, Via Nova performed an extraordinary mix of brand new, experimental pieces, to coincide with an exhibition by artist Dan Flavin. Exploring themes of light, fracture, and the idea of art out of utility, this project had the singers moving around the space and engaging is an exciting new piece of physical theatre.
James Oldham http://www.wastepaperopera.com
Gavin Thatcher https://www.brunel.ac.uk/people/gavin-thatcher