Forget Me Not, a poignant new piece of music which sets to music the voices of people with dementia by DIVAcontemporary associate artist and composer Marc Yeats.
The Chapel, Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester DT2 1JY
08/12/16 – 10/12/16, 09-30 to 16-00 each day
Thursday the 8th of December at 13-00 – 14-00, come and speak to composer Marc Yeats at the Chapel.
Forget Me Not is a new composition by Somerset composer Marc Yeats. After spending time with patients with cognitive impairment such as dementia on wards at Yeovil and Dorset County Hospitals, Marc has created a choral installation with Choir By the Sea which evokes fragments of conversation, memories of place and a sense of what it is like to live with this condition. Empathic, strident and poignant the resulting work surrounds and immerses the audience in a cumulative cycle of patients voices. Forget Me Not is the result of a collaboration between Arts in Hospital based at Dorset County Hospital and the Dementia Care Team at Yeovil District Hospital who commission artists and musicians in the hope that the outcomes convey something of the experience of dementia and also shows how music helps people with cognitive impairment to live better lives. The project was supported by Arts Council England, Dorset County Hospital Charity, Yeovil Hospital Charity and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
November – December: audio/video workshops with a local home school group run by associate artist David Rogers. :: more
Full peal available to download from DIVAcontemporary STUDIO bandcamp :: link
Prior to the Remembrance Sunday Service at St Martin’s Church, Howard Bowering and his team of bellringers were ringing the traditional half muffled quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles.
Half muffling is used for solemn occasions. The clappers of the bells are half covered in a leather “sock”. This means that every other round of the bells has a quality which is distant and dreamlike, a soft echo of its former self.
The day was bright and still – the natural sounds of leaves ruffling and falling gently, crows calling across the churchyard … :: more
Friday 28th October
The Church of St Martin is at the heart of Martinstown and it has the only set of ringable bells in the South Winterbourne Valley.
Love it or hate it, the sound of church bells drifting on the breeze through the countryside seems quintessentially English. And we had heard that there was a poignant story behind this particular set of bells. We had arranged to meet Martinstown Tower Captain, Howard Bowering, to find out more and visit the bells of Martinstown church. :: more
“Im and Im” (Allan Knott and Steve Kinnersley). We had met Allan previously in his role as Lay Preacher at the Winterbourne Steepleton church service, but today he was in very different guise.
Allan and Steve entertained the hall with a mixture of traditional Dorset folk songs and timeless classics which most of us were old enough to remember from our youth, plus some comic banter and stories and lots of audience participation. We particularly loved Allan’s rendition of “the Dorset National Anthem” – Farmer’s Boy. :: more
On Thursday 6th October associate artists Mandy Rathbone and David Rogers met Jake Dew, Conservation Officer for Dorset Wildlife Trust, for a walk and talk along the South Winterbourne in Martinstown. Jake explained just how special Winterbourne streams or rivers are and spoke in great detail about all the wildlife that thrive in the river environment – many types of fish, voles, kingfishers and the rare Winterbourne mayfly and blackfly whose numbers are on the increase. :: more
This time David and I were off to Weymouth to meet renowned local William Barnes’ expert and biographer, Dr Alan Chedzoy.
We spoke about Barnes as Rector of Winterbourne Came and Whitchurch; a role he continued to fulfill until the end of his life, tramping all over his parish on foot, regularly visiting all his parishioners. And at length about his poetry, particularly discussing the contrast between his dialect poetry and those poems written in “English”. :: more
Following Revered Jean’s glowing reports of the Church Band, we decided to attend and record the service at Winterbourne Steepleton.
Musicians: Margaret (“the Boss”) on keyboard, Wendy on violin, Gill on flute, Alison on recorder and Jon on trumpet. :: more
The Reverend Jean Saddington (vicar not only of Martinstown but Winterbourne Steepleton, Winterbourne Abbas and Compton Valence), introduction to the South Winterbourne River, running through Martinstown.