Last minute notice: Field Notes , Shropshire – Premier 8th March 2014

Yes, that’s tonight!  It might not be too late if you live locally.


Field Notes 

A collaboration between:

Contemporary Composer Howard Skempton


Visual Artist Matthew Harris

World Premiere: Saturday 8th March 2014, 7.30pm, Town Hall, Wem, Shropshire

Field Notes – a performance featuring specially commissioned contemporary textiles and new music – will transform village halls in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire – and beyond – into both a gallery and a concert hall.

The programme, which tours to rural venues in March and October 2014, is a unique and experimental collaboration between visual artist Matthew Harris and composer Howard Skempton and performed by hand-picked musicians from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Using old maps of Shropshire and graphic scores as common starting points, Skempton and Harris have engaged in a lively creative exchange resulting in complementary new works from each artist. Harris’ freestanding artwork, combining textiles and drawings, will frame the performance space as four of BCMG’s world-class musicians perform Skempton’s new piece, Field Notes.

Skempton uses composers’ vellum for writing his scores, an indication of an enjoyment of materiality, crafted process and appreciation of tacit skill. The influence of contemporary music evident in the graphic qualities of Harris’ work created an immediate rapport between the two artists.

Presented through a partnership between Arts Alive, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Craftspace.