“Landslide event for voices”: workshop announced

Saturday 12 November 2011, 10 – 12.30pm
Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter, EX1 2DB

Led by Marc Yeats, this workshop is free to attend and open to choir leaders, conductors, secondary school/college groups, and individual voices  – indeed anyone interesting in finding out more about this exciting Coastal Voices commission. No singing experience is necessary.

Sturzstrom, Marc Yeats’ piece for Coastal Voices, has been described as a landslide event for voice. The 20 minute piece will look at how the geology we see along the coast was formed and how it is being shaped today, how that geology has shaped the land above and how the landscape created affects us as people. It has been devised as a graphic score, and is based largely on text and spoken word techniques, rather than pitched singing in the conventional choral sense. The dynamics, pitch and percussive pebble “interludes” all respond to the unfolding landscape of the Jurassic Coast from Exmouth to Lyme Regis, and promise to take performers on a journey – both along this section of the World Heritage Site and into a new musical world.

Marc’s music has been performed, commissioned and broadcast around the world having worked with many distinguished performers, ensembles and musicians including Psappha, the London Sinfonietta, the Endymion Ensemble, Paragon Ensemble, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic and Gewandhaus Radio Orchestra, among others.

Workshops and rehearsals will continue from January 2012 towards a live performance in the magical setting of Beer Quarry Caves in the summer term 2012. The work will also be performed as a recorded sound installation in Weymouth as part of the opening Olympic celebrations on 27 July 2012.