In the Field

 

 

Helen Ottaway - lead artist and composer

Alastair Goolden - lead artist and sound designer

Caroline Radcliffe - choir leader 2014

Fiona Haser - artist, pinhole photographer

Howard Moody - choir leader and conductor 2015

Jane Spurr - rehearsal pianist

Heather Woodward - history consultant

Musicians contributing to installation

Wadhurst Brass Band, Wadhurst Bell Ringers, Jackdaws Songbirds, Caroline Radcliffe, The Field Choir, Astaria String Quartet

concert musicians

Wadhurst Brass band, Wadhurst Bell Ringers, The Field Choir, Bernardi String Quartet, Howards Moody, Robert Fuller

 

 

In the Field was commissioned by Wadhurst Culture - project manager Beth Martin

 

view a clip from rehearsals

 

CONCERT 'On Sussex Soil', Saturday 2nd May 2015 featuring The Field Choir, Wadhurst Brass Band, Bernardi String Quartet, Wadhurst Bellringers, Robert Fuller (organ)

INSTALLATION 3rd - 31st May 2015 featuring musicians, speakers and found sounds recorded and collected in Wadhurst, Frome and Aubers

Free admission daily 10am - 6pm (12 - 6pm on Sundays and 14th May)

 

In the Field is a site-specific arts project reflecting on the deaths of 25 young men from Wadhurst at the battle of Aubers Ridge on 9th May 1915.

During 2014 Artmusic led four 'Field Days': opportunities for local people to participate in singing, photography, recording, planting, speaking and listening.  During the year Artmusic's composer, Helen Ottaway, composed 3 Field Songs; settings of poems about the experience of the First World War, written by students of Wadhurst Primary School.  These songs were performed by the specially formed Field Choir at each of the Field Days as well as at the concert in May 2015.

As part of In the Field, Wadhurst Culture also commissioned Helen Ottaway to create a new choral work for Wadhurst.  The new composition, 'A Field in May' was scored for mixed choir, brass band, string quartet, hand bells, tower bells, found sounds and wind-up gramophone and was premiered at the project's concert, On Sussex Soil, in St Peter and St Paul's Church, Wadhurst on Saturday 2nd May 2015.

Much of of the musical material from the new choral work also featured in an interactive sound installationcreated by Alastair Goolden and Helen Otaway which ran throughout May 2015, creating a collage of music and sound shaped by the presence and movement of visitors to the church.  Sound, music, words and visual material created and collected during four Field Days in 2014 were included in the installation.

 

 

 

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JOIN THE FIELD CHOIR 2015

Singers of all ages and voices are invited to join the Field Choir in the run up to May's concert and installation. Enrolment forms can be obtained from project manager Beth Martin (email wadhurstculture.gmail.com or phone 01892 783911). Or come along to the first rehearsal and pick up an enrolment form there.

Rehearsal schedule

Friday 27th February 7.00 - 9.30 pm

Thursday 16th April 7.00 - 9.30 pm

Saturday 25th April 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

Friday 1st May 6.30 - 9.30 pm

Saturday 2nd May 2.00 - 5.00 pm

CONCERT Saturday 2nd May 7.30 pm (singers to arrive at 7.00 pm)

 

All rehearsals and concert at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Wadhurst

 

 

FIELD DAYS 2014

 

PLANT A LEGACY 8 & 9 NOVEMBER

 

 

Planting white tulips for remembrance.  After wintering in gardens all around Wadhurst, the tupils will be used to decorate St Peter and St Paul's Church during May 2015 for the In the Field concert and installation.

 

VINTAGE RECORDING 27 & 28 SEPTEMBER

 

An opportunity to capture images and sounds using vintage techniques.  Participants created cyanotypes (blueprints), pose for pin-hole portraits and explored the world of pre-digital recording.

 

 

SATURDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER AT THE WING GALLERY, HIGH STREET, WADHURST

10.00-12.00 make a blueprint - photos without a camera

12.00-14.00 create moving pictures - the clockwork movie camera

14.00-16.00 pose for a pin-hole camera portrait - the original "box" camera

15.30-17.00 take still photographs - the old-fashioned way, "from the waist"

 

 

SUNDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER AT THE WING GALLERY (EXCEPT SINGING SESSION)

11.00-13.00 add your voice - in our vintage recording studio

 

 

13.30-15.30 sing with THE FIELD CHOIR - poems by Wadhurst Primary children newly set to music AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE OPPOSITE UPLANDS (open to all aged 8 to 80+)

15.00-17.00 photographs made during the weekend were exhibited at the Wing Gallery accompanied by recordings of music sung by The Field Choir

 

 

 

 

LEAVING FOOTPRINTS 19 JULY

 

An opportunity to hear four inspirational speakers talk about different aspects of Wadhurst's history, culture and landscape:

Martin Graebe (singer, composer and folk song collector) 'We don't want to lose you' (Remembering the First World War in song)

Heather Woodward (chairman of Wadhurst History Society) - 'Till the Boys Come Home' (Life at Home in Wadhurst in the First World War)

Mark Horton (Professor of Archaeology, Bristol University) - 'Cannon fodder and Flying Aces' (An archaeologist's perspective on the First World War)

Fiona Courage (curator, Mass Observation Archive, Brighton University) - 'Lest We Forget' (Creating archival memories for the future to remember)

 

left to right: Fiona Courage, Heather Woodward, Martin Graebe and Mark Horton

 

 

THE FIELD CHOIR 17 & 18 MAY

 

Two days of singing, walking, humming and whistling, with singer and choral leader Caroline Radcliffe.

From small beginnings The Field Choir has grown through the year.  The Field Choir will feature in the concert and installation in May 2015.

 



The Field Choir welcomes new members at any stage in the project.  Contact Beth Martin 01892 783911 for details

 

 

In the Field is supported by:

 

 

 

 
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