WILL GREGORY [FROM GOLDFRAPP]
- >Eastnor Castle Estate
Let composer Will Gregory take you on a very special Sonic Journey in Eastnor Castle Estate. Originally commissioned for the Big Chill festival in 2010, he has created new music in response to a personal journey taken by foot along a specific route within Eastnor Castle Estate. As part of The Space from 29 June to 31 October, you will be able to download this exclusive free track and map again from sonicjourneys.co.uk to experience the music on your own mp3 player and personal headphones moving through the landscape that inspired it.
Leaving from the Obelisk gate atop the Malvern Hills, the route runs straight down the hill. If you keep pace with the tempo of the music you will encounter the various moods and fluctuations of the walk in sync with what you hear. The view of Eastnor Castle that appears as you clear the trees on your left marks the final stages of the piece.
The Obelisk was erected in 1812 by the 1st Earl Somers of Eastnor Castle as a memorial to his son who fell fighting at the Siege of Burgos. Spanish and British were brothers in arms that year attempting to dislodge Napoleon from Spain. The music is in part an imaginary cortege of survivors come to comfort the Earl for his loss, and also a response to the spell cast by the surroundings.
The Earl pays tribute to his son in the Obeliskâ€™s inscription: "Inscribed to the memory of the Honourable Edward Charles Cocks. With strong inducements to apply himself to safer duties of civil life, the energies of his mind determined him on a military career.
Having chosen a profession, he devoted himself to it with successful ardour and perseverance: at the age of 26 he fell, respected, beloved and regretted. A father who loved and thought highly of his son feels himself justified in inscribing these truths to his memory. He was dutiful to his parents, an affectionate brother, a sincere friend and a benevolent man."
Will Gregory is best known as one half of the group Goldfrapp with Alison Goldfrapp. Originally a saxophonist, he has played with Tears For Fears, Spiritualized, Michael Nyman, Moondog and Portishead.
Now concentrating on composing he has written for film and TV with a special interest in silent cinema. Sometimes known for working with synthesizers, he heads a group of nine keyboardists called The Monophonic Orchestra, and is also writing for the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Will brought a fantastic group of musicians together to record Sonic Journeys #1 including Adrian Utley from Portishead, Martyn Barker of Shriekback fame and Vox Cordis - an ensemble whose members are drawn from such esteemed classical ensembles as The Sixteen, The Monteverdi Choir, The BBC Singers, and the Royal Opera House.
Will Gregory - optigan organ Adrian Utley - acoustic guitar Tammy Payne - acoustic guitar Martyn Barker - acoustic guitar and percussion Ruth Wall - harp Joel Raymond Baroque - Oboe D'amore Vox Cordis Julie Cooper - voice Chloe Morgan - voice Ruth Gibbons - voice David Clegg - voice Robin Bailey - voice Stephen Jeffes - voice Neil Bellingham - voice Ben Davies - voice