Listen at Frome

LISTEN, which continues through August, brings composer Errollyn Wallen to the town on 29th August.

The summer programme of inspiring music, visual art, sound and exploration is based at Black Swan Arts and other Frome locations and curated by composer and local resident Helen Ottaway working with artist Mel Day.

The aim is to make us listen to and look at the world around us, enjoy the creativity of the artists working in many different media in the town and region, and to meet and hear work by internationally acclaimed sound artists, including composer Errollyn Wallen.

Part of the inspiration for Listen is Singing The World: A Dawn Chorus, an exhibition of prints by Mike Collier with music by Bennett Hogg,  opened at Black Swan Arts in July  and continues to 1st September.

This powerful exhibition was inspired by listening to a dawn chorus in a Northumberland woodland garden – a choir of 16 birds heard early one morning in May. It is a chance to see fascinating artworks and experience the unique sounds of the dawn chorus reinterpreted in works that are both restful and thought-provoking.

Errollyn Wallen, who has a 2019 BBC Proms commission on Thursday 15th August, makes a rare solo appearance at Christ Church, Frome, on Thursday 29th August. As well as the concert, the distinguished composer will also answer questions from the audience.

Walking Memories, a Listen commission from Satsymph, is available as a downloadable app.

For full details, visit the website www.listensoundart.org.uk