We had a small but very interested and intense audience for the World Premiere of “Sound Scape” last Sunday as we were competing with the Mayor’s Parade and a really beautiful sunny and warm day. One again it sounded completely different and the ending was quite dramatic with a bass clarinet and French horn finishing exactly at the same time. In rehearsals it has frequently been the bass guitar and a flute finishing separately – providing a very different atmosphere.
“Sound Scape” has been a challenge for us but it has been a challenge that has been very satisfying. Both Julia and I have discovered we are a great team and we hope to create other projects together in the future. Our next formal performance will be on Thursday February 23rd at around 7 p.m. at Manchester Art Gallery as part of their “Thursday Lates” programme which promises to be completely different again because the atrium, between the old and the new building, has a balcony – so visually it will be completely different as well as the performance. We are also hoping to arrange further performances of it and would love to take it abroad as part of an Art in Nature Symposium in the future

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The World Premiere of our project was Sunday 18th September 2016 – it was very exciting to finally bring “Sound Scape” 2016 to life with the help of KEMS Contemporary who have been on this journey with Lorna and me from the beginning. It was very moving to hear the points of stillness and quietness which kept emerging from the texture. The audience enjoyed the performance and were curious about how the piece was constructed – they asked lots of questions, so perhaps we need to build some time for an introductory talk next time. Just looking forward to our next performance at Manchester Art Gallery.

Constructing and composing this piece has made me work and think in different ways about the role of the composer and the control he/she has over the processes involved in the performance of a piece of music as “Sound Scape” will always be different every time it is performed!


Lorna Green commented:

This is an image of the sheet music for the nine art in nature sculptures in the same order as on the ground. !0 minutes of the performance of about 40 minutes can be seen as a rehearsal on https://youtu.be/tc4nUjwYM8A . The first public performance will be on Sunday 18th September at 2pm and 3pm at Charles Roe House, Macclesfield in conjunction with Cheshire Open Studios Exhibition.

“Sound Scape” 2016 by Lorna Green and Julia Harding

“Sound Scape” consists of 9 art in nature sculptures, positioned in a grid, with music composed for each sculpture by Julia Harding. ‘Sound Scape’ has nine sections – every performer plays every section at least once and there should not be any attempt to achieve synchronisation of the parts but performers should feel free to respond musically to each other during the performance.