A lovely evening. Informal and comfortable, friendly atmosphere. The music was beautiful and the artwork superb.
Field Notes audience member, Wem Town Hall, March 2014
An evening of creative magic with internationally renowned artists, Field Notes is a unique collaboration that proves it’s the unfamiliar creative experiences which are often the most memorable.
Using old county maps and graphic scores as common starting points, composer Howard Skempton and artist Matthew Harris have each created a brand new work for these performances. Harris’ intricately layered artworks will be on view and available to enjoy up close as four of BCMG’s world-class musicians perform Skempton’s new piece, Field Notes, and short pieces by other leading composers.
In addition, this captivating evening will feature a commissioned ‘behind-the-scenes’ film of the collaboration by filmmaker Chris Smart, and introductions from the artists – all in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
Visual artist Harris makes abstract artworks constructed through marking, piecing, patching, dyeing, cutting and hand-stitching cloth and paper. Skempton’s joyous, sparse, enigmatic music has featured at the BBC Proms and has been widely performed by many of the UK’s top orchestras and ensembles.
Oliver Knussen: Cantata
Melinda Maxwell/Howard Skempton: Improvisation
Betsy Jolas: Music to Go
Judith Weir: The Bagpiper’s String Trio
Cornelius Cardew: Treatise (excerpts realised by Howard Skempton)
Howard Skempton: Field Notes
Matthew Harris: Works on cloth and paper: Pittcroft Whip Ha; The New Peeces
Running time: approx. 1 hour 30mins (inc. interval)
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