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Field Notes


- new works by Howard Skempton & Matthew Harris

There will be a performance on 29 March in Stroud Gloucestershire
Howard Skempton & Matthew Harris will be ‘In Conversation’ on Sunday 30 March.

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Matthew Harris & Howard Skempton
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Howard Skempton

Commissioned textile art and new music
Date: Saturday 29 March 7.30 pm
Venue: Lansdown Hall Stroud GL5 1BB

Tickets: £10 Concessions £5

Tickets available for the performance from Stroud Tourist Information 01453 760960

The internationally renowned Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the award-winning Craftspace and Shropshire and Herefordshire's Arts Alive have commissioned new works from two extraordinary artists. This exciting collaboration between composer Howard Skempton and textile artist Matthew Harris will culminate in a performance of specially commissioned new music and textile art.

Using old maps of Shropshire and graphic scores as common starting points, Skempton and Harris have each created a brand new work for this performance. Harris’ freestanding textile artwork will transform the space into both a gallery and a concert hall as four of BCMG’s world-class musicians perform Skempton’s new piece, Field Notes.

In addition, this immersive evening will feature music by other leading composers, including a rare performance of Cornelius Cardew’s exquisite Treatise, described as the ‘Mount Everest of graphic scores’, a chance to meet the artists involved in the project, and a ‘behind-the-scenes’ film including interviews with both Skempton and Harris, that will offer fascinating insights into the creative process.

Visual artist Matthew Harris makes abstract artworks constructed through marking, piecing, patching, dyeing, cutting and hand-stitching cloth and paper. Howard Skempton’s joyous, sparse, decidedly enigmatic music has featured at the BBC Proms and has been widely performed by many of the UK’s top orchestras and ensembles.

There will also be a chance to meet the artists involved in the project and a ‘behind-the-scenes’ film recorded by both artists showing the journey in creating this new works.


All photos by John Ingledew


Funded by Arts Council England Commissioned by Craftspace; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Arts Alive

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