Following on from the success of Light Night 2013 I am again Production Manager for 2014 as well as playing a key role in the new emerging artists programme ‘Shine’. Just reviewed all the applications and it looks like a great programme is coming together.
Leeds Inspired commission 2013
Hazel is the new production coordinator for the REACH project. REACH is a three year partnership project between Dep Arts and ARC, Stockton Arts Centre to tour high quality contemporary theatre to 9 venues in North East England and is funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme. Hazel’s role is to co-ordinate technical & production support across all the touring companies and venues involved in the programme.
Dep Arts Hazel
A quick call from Joanne Wain and I was brought in to drive one of their safety vehicles for filming scenes for the NVA Ghost Peloton. One of the most fun and adrenalin filled days, one not to be forgotten. Not the usual line of work but pitched in repairing light suits and getting bikes set-up, and driving at the rear of the convoy to warn overtaking vehicles. Amazing day in Buttertubs pass.
We were already supporting Manasmitra in their work touring Rudra and Shivoham when they asked us to take a look at the set in advance of the 2014 season. We completed a full re-build, working with designer Hannah Sibai to realise her original concept. We recycled the existing set by reusing what was good and donating the remainder to Pyramid of Arts as material for one of their artists to practice with.
Ready for decoration
Complete at first outing
We are delighted to be providing a complete tech support package for this UK tour, including projection, lighting tech, set transportation.
Tour D’Horizon Spring 2014
You can even see the tea break, who would have thought so much cake would go so quickly
From the fabulous I Love West Leeds Festival
Bramley Baths was once again the place to be as we presented the swim-along-cinema.
Two films were screened in the pool, with speakers streaming the soundtrack under and over the water, the audience relaxed in the warm water or stretched out on the even warmer balcony. For Softies at heart we screened Finding Nemo. And then for the brave and the foolish we’ll be showed the original, all time classic JAWS (oh yes).
The film screenings were part of Bramley Baths open day on Saturday 23rd March.
Bramley Baths is now in community ownership and the Festival is proud to support them.
Thanks to – Bramley Community First for funding our event. Anything Audio for fantastic sound and endless patience with our quest for ever more bonkers events. Bramley Baths staff and volunteers for being a joy to work with. Logistik for the loan of two splendid lighthouses. Slung Low for lending us a van to move the lighthouses!
Photography by Lizzie Coombes
‘Water Wusic’ was such a success and we were all so thrilled with Lizzie Coombes photographic record of the day which really captured the spirit of something quite extraordinary. We are delighted to take part in ‘Submerged’ an underwater art exhibition of those pictures accompanied by the recording of the WY Symphony orchestra who played that day.
In 2011 The I Love West Leeds Festival held a very unusual classical music concert. Marooned on a stage in the middle of Bramley Baths, the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra played Handel’s Water Music whilst the audience swam round them. Photographer Lizzie Coombes captured an incredible series of photographs throughout the day. Through Lizzie’s eyes we see the whole day, from underwater images of how a stage is built in a swimming pool right through to the concert itself. Featured on Look North, the BBC news and in the Guardian Newspaper, Water Music put the I Love West Leeds Festival and Bramley Baths into the national spotlight.
The very talented Lizzie Coombes
I’ve had this idea of putting an orchestra into a pool and letting an audience in to swim around them, is it possible – Jane Earnshaw, I Love West Leeds Festival
Err, don’t see why not, leave it with me. – Hazel, Anything Watery?
An innocent coffee and gingersnap that got me into deep water wielding a hammer and a snorkel. Needless to say the e-mail to all crew mentioning speedos got some interest and they duly were roped into what turned out to be quite a special day.
All photos courtesy of Lizzie Coombes
Just before setting up Anything Audio I finished this amazing project for the BBC with Composer Benjamin Till.
Simon at the top of the Minster
Recording the Caralon @ Yorkminster
…we have just completed work on an extremely ambitious musical project for the BBC – a 4-part Symphony based around a poem to celebrate Yorkshire Day 2010. During June we have recorded over 230 musicians from all areas of Yorkshire; Brass Bands, String Quartets, Musical Saws, Woodwind groups, a Saxophone Orchestra, 40 piece Male Voice Choir, Tablas, Drummers, pianists, singers, a Caralon at York Minster and a tambourine to name but a few. We have recorded well over 1,000 tracks of audio for 4 movements. It started small and blossomed into one of the largest, most complex and challenging recordings that we have been involved with. Composer Benjamin Till came to us after working with Hazel on A1: The Road Musical. Hazel and Simon have worked extremely hard but feel proud and privileged to have been part of something so special.
‘To work with ordinary people who are passionate about music, not professional session musicians, and to be able to give them an opportunity to experience a recording studio and be a part of something so exciting is very rewarding. It has been a massive challenge for us but a fantastic opportunity to work alongside a brilliant composer and to have the support of Alison from the BBC was amazing. I feel very privileged to have been able to take part.’
Every piece of audio was recorded at Purple [with the exception of the Caralon at Yorkminster and a very large brass band]. The live room is very flexible and heavily acoustically treated which is essential when you need to record such a range of instruments. Simon and Hazel shared the mammoth recording duties, Simon went on to edit the audio whilst Hazel arranged, mixed and mastered the overall project. Simon ended up singing a line in the fourth movement, which was brilliant!
The music of the Symphony is accompanied by a film shot in HD showing some of the most spectacular locations around Yorkshire. The audio is premièred on BBC Radio Leeds, Sheffield, York & Humberside on 01 August from 11:00 to 12:00. The full film will be shown on 2nd August on BBC Look North.