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.
SOUND : MUSIC : ROBOT from David Rogers on Vimeo.
Alex McKechnie, David Rogers and Adrian Newton, improvised live electronic sound in The Chapel on the Beach, West Bay, Dorset. 18th August 2016. A live performance – part of the Force8 project.
Video by Nigel Slight – Edit by David Rogers
On Tuesday 23rd August DIVAcontemporary (David Rogers and Mandy Rathbone) travelled over to Martinstown to interview two key figures in the Martinstown Community. The Reverend Jean Saddington (vicar not only of Martinstown but Winterbourne Steepleton, Winterbourne Abbas and Compton Valence) and Margaret Hearing, an historian who has lived in the village for 50 years and written The Book of Martinstown covering all aspects of life in the village going back many years. :: more
Following a year of research trips, familiarising themselves with the Winterbourne valley as it passes from Winterbourne Abbas through Winterbourne Steepleton, Martinstown (Winterbourne St Martin), Winterbourne Monkton, Winterbourne Herringstone, Winterbourne Farringdon and Winterbourne Came, DIVAcontemporary have finally started work on their audio project – The South Winterbourne Journey with a focus on Martinstown Cricket Club. The other MCC (as they are known) :: more
Associate artist Adrian Newton’s [Nemeton] latest release ‘Unmotion’ is now available to download on the Silent Flow netlabel:
This set of pieces was inspired by the word ‘unmotion’, which originates from a poem by E. E. Cummings. The word implies a condition of stasis, a lack of movement, a moment of tranquility.
Associate artists Alex McKechnie, David Rogers and Adrian Newton will be improvising live electronic sound on the theme of world religions.
They will be joined on stage by Muffy, who will be listening to what they are playing and responding with sounds and images. Muffy is a piece of DIY software, designed to improvise sounds and images in response to live musicians :: more
Thursday 18th August 18.00 – 20.00
The Methodist Chapel, West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4EN
link to Bandcamp download page.
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Love singing? Love the Jurassic Coast?
DIVAcontemporary are thrilled to announce their first ever Jurassic Coast Singing Workshop with the internationally renowned choral director Colin Rea, exploring folk music from Eastern Europe and Africa at Eype Centre for the Arts, Dorset, in October.
Fancy taking part?
Just follow this link for all the info you need.
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2016
Eype Centre for the Arts
Dorset DT6 6AR
The weekend course is designed to be a fun and exciting experience for singers of all abilities. You do not need to be able to read music and no previous singing experience is necessary.
The price of this non-residential singing weekend is £130.
This includes all group singing tuition, refreshments (teas/coffees/biscuits) and lunch for both days (Saturday – one course buffet lunch. Sunday – a traditional Sunday lunch consisting of a main course and a dessert.)
For more information and to book your place, please visit: https://jurassiccoastsinging.wordpress.com/