Field Notes

Sunday 26 October 2014, 3.00pm - The Gallery

Tickets: £10 / under 18s and full-time students £5

Field Notes is an extraordinary collaboration featuring specially commissioned new music and textile art that receives its world premiere on 8th March in Wem. Our performance on 26th October is the final one of the 2014 tour. 

Field Notes is a unique collaboration between composer Howard Skempton and artist Matthew Harris and 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. 

In addition, the programme will feature music by other leading composers, including Oliver Knussen, Judith Weir and Betsy Jolas, and a rare performance of extracts from Cornelius Cardew’s exquisite Treatise, realised by Howard Skempton and described as the ‘Mount Everest of graphic scores’. A chance to meet the artists involved in the project and a ‘behind-the-scenes’ film by Hereford-based film-maker Chris Smart which charts the progress of Skempton and Harris’s collaboration enable us to share their creative journey. Chris' film includes extracts filmed at the talk we hosted in Presteigne in May 2013 by Howard, Matthew and BCMG director Stephen Newbould. 

Visit the project's blog page for further information. We are hosting a Family Music Maze for children aged 8-11 on Saturday 18th October - click on the link below for details. 

Field Notes is a collaboration between Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Craftspace and Shropshire and Herefordshire's Arts Alive with financial assistance from the National Lottery awarded by Arts Council England, The Elmley Foundation and The Colwinston Charitable Trust.

Supported By

Arts Council England