Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘Digital’

Illuminating York 2013 – Call for new works

The Illuminating York Committee have just issued the call for works for the 2013 festival.

If you are interested take a look at the downloads below.

There is one call for major commissions and one for smaller works.

IY 2013 Supporting Commissions

IY 2013 Major Commission

In a nutshell:

DEADLINE: 1 March 2013

Introduction: Illuminating York is a cutting edge light based Festival which has been running annually, in the City of York, for the last nine years. During that time the Festival has commissioned major international works for the Minster, Museum Gardens and other sites within the city walls. Previously commissioned artists include Patrice Warrener, Paul Kaiser (Open Ended Group), Usman Haque, Bright White, United VJs, OMA International, Vic Reeves, GaiaNova and Ross Ashton amongst others.

In recent years the Festival has attracted between 20,000 – 75,000 visitors, residents and tourists per year and brought over £1 million annual economic benefit into the city.

The Festival has enjoyed a broad range of media coverage over the years and reaches all corners of the globe from Canada to Australia and Europe. In 2012 the Festival introduced a small charge for audiences to view the main commission and with an 80-100% capacity each night, we intend to continue this model for parts of the Festival in 2013.

The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Illuminating the Past, Enlightening the Future.’ It is 1000 years since King Sweyn ‘Forkbeard’ of Denmark was named king of England in 1013. Incoming communities and cultures have played an important role in the development of York as a City. York has deep and strong links to its Viking heritage in particular and the waves of invasions that York has experienced over the years, which has created a vibrant city with a rich and varied culture.

We are interested in artwork that investigates the Scandinavian influences on York’s heritage and on the city today. This could be through art, clothing, food, technology, people and politics or other cultural interventions.

Several of our key attractions are planning exhibitions and events that celebrate this aspect of our history and culture and you may like to consider incorporating some time for research and development in your expression of interest.

We are in the process of applying for funding for the 2013 Festival and the Festival will take place from 30th October – 2nd November inclusive.

Artworks will also be expected to be fully operational for the press launch on Tuesday 29th October.

We are interested in small to medium-scale outdoor work that shows York in a new light.

The work must be visually appealing to audiences of all ages. We are looking for several supporting commissions that together, will achieve regional and national press coverage for the city.

Recording sessions offer at the NCEM York

As part of my work with the National Centre for Early Music in York we are opening the doors and encourage more people to come in to use the lovely, inspiring, bright, airy space.

One of the uses of the venue that suits really well – with its lovely acoustics, sound proofing and studio facilities is recording sessions (either studio style or with a small live audience.)

From Jan to March 2013 NCEM is offering a 30% its day rate (info below.)

Having used the space myself for recording projects i’d happily chat through the potential in the space but it is certainly well worth a look!


From the NCEM promo:

As we sink into the winter months The National Centre for Early Music has a warming offer on recording sessions at our beautiful St. Margaret’s Church in York: 30% off the standard hire day rate on any booking taking place until 31st of March 2013.

Together with the stunning natural acoustics of this inspiring space, few other medieval churches could offer such a warm welcome at this time of year. Renovated to an exceptional standard in 2000, the space boasts triple glazing, silent under floor heating, dedicated artists facilities, soundproofing and acoustic treatment to tailor your sound.

As a concert venue for 180 people the space suits more intimate ensembles perfectly. Either for live recordings or for studio sessions the space adapts well and allows you to shut out the world and focus on creating beautiful work.

With a range of well maintained early music keyboard instruments – see for details; there is little to complicate your time or arrangements. We are able to offer a range of support services too from session engineers to catering and accommodation.

The venue is well used by a wide variety of early music specialists (as well as jazz, folk and contemporary musicians) and recordings this past year include John Potter and Christopher O’Gorman (Hyperion) and Profeti della Quinta – winners of the 2011 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition (Linn).

BBC Radio 3 use the NCEM to broadcast live their annual Early Music Show from York and artists recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast in 2012 include countertenor Iestyn Davies, Phantasm, Gallicantus with lutenist Elizabeth Kenny with artists for 2013 already booked to include Paul O’Dette, Ensemble Medusa with Patrizia Bovi and Fabio Bonizonni.

The BBC Music Magazine’s review of John Potter & Christopher O’Gormans ‘Conductus – Music and Poetry from Thirteenth Century France’ Recording (autumn 2012) gives great testament to the value of the church here at the NCEM:

‘Conductus proves that ascetic simplicity can be as deeply moving and aesthetically breath-taking as the most complex, heart-on-sleeve music … It’s hardly necessary to mention that the performances are superb, their precise diction well-served by Jeremy Summerly’s production and Julian Millard’s engineering. The sound is intimate yet resonant, closely-focused and detailed yet with an ambience vividly suggesting spaciousness’ (BBC Music Magazine)

 If you’d like to take advantage of our 30% discount on our daily hire rate (reducing the venue fees to £280 +VAT!) do please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. Contact: or 01904 632220.


Illuminating York 2012 – Volunteering Opportunity

The organisers of Illuminating York are looking for people over the age of 18, who would like to volunteer as a festival steward. You will need to be available on one or more of the following evenings between 5:00pm and 10:30pm (31st October, 1st November, 2nd November and 3rd November) and you will need to be available for a briefing on Tuesday 30th at 7:00pm, lasting one hour.

You can view the festival brochure here

You will be based at the Msueum Gardens and your role would be to hand out maps and leaflets to members of the public and be a first point of contact for any queries that they may have. We will brief you fully on the best way to respond to queries and you will be working in pairs so there will be plenty of support. You may also be asked to complete on site surveys with members of the public and again we will provide everything you need and brief you fully.

This is a great way to gain experience in the events and festival industry, meet people and see some great art for free too!

If you are interested please send a CV or a couple of paragraphs about your background and interests to


Digital Identity in Interesting Spaces

I’m collaborating with Abhay Adhikari to bring his Digital Identity seminars to Yorkshire with a focus on those working in creative industries / culture / arts / heritage / museums etc.

The seminars take place on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd of May at the National Centre for Early Music in York (click the links for more info):

Strategic development for the arts, culture and heritage sectors

Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Suitable for: producers, directors, curators and senior management

Campaigning and visibility for the arts, culture and heritage sectors

Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Suitable for: marketing and communications teams

Finding your audience and collaborators online

Thursday, 3 May 2012
Suitable for: individual practitioners and community led organisations 


Abhay has done a great post on his blog about the project so far in it’s different manifestations:

The Digital Identities in Interesting Spaces project has been running for close to eight months. The first round of commissions and activities are now complete and new ones are about to begin. This is a fairly exciting period as the scope of activities is widening in scale and participation. This post provides a brief snapshot of the work carried out so far. I have also outlined plans for the next quarter.

Read more now…


Hope to see you in York in May?


How charities can use social media for digital campaigning.

I’m working (as i may have mentioned) with Dr Abhay Adhikari on a series of seminars for those working in the arts, culture, heritage and creative sectors.

You can read more about the 3 different workshops taking place in York (1 -3 May)  here and /or here .

In the meantime you may be interested in this article Abhay wrote for The Guardian’s website:

How charities can use social media for digital campaigning.

Social media thrives on conversations. It isn’t meant for broadcast but for engagement, and that should play to the strengths of voluntary sector campaigns. However, digital campaigning is still regarded as replicating campaign messages and relationships from the physical world in the digital landscape. Basically, trying to reach out to the same people, saying the same things online. And that is where many organisations should tread carefully.

Here are four ways to think about your digital offering in a different way:…

…Read the full article on The Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network Blog.

You can follow Abhay on twitter – @gopaldass

The Ebor Singers – Music for Easter

I’ve been working with York’s The Ebor Singers over the past couple of months getting their back catalogue up on iTunes, Amazon and so on. There really is some fantastic work.

So to mark the approach of Easter if you are looking for a bit of inspiration or reflection you might like to download this:

Victoria: Lamentations of Jeremiah – The Ebor Singers & Paul Gameson

Victoria’s expressive setting of the Lamentations, central to the liturgy for Holy Week, framed by motets for Palm Sunday and Easter Day.

About the Choir
The Ebor Singers was formed by Paul Gameson in 1995. Now well-established in the North of England as a versatile chamber group, the choir sings its regular concert series in York Minster and other city-centre churches to capacity audiences.

The choir has been broadcast on Radio 3 and Classic FM, appeared on Channel 4 and BBC4, recorded on NMC Records with The Hilliard Ensemble, performed with the Orlando Consort, and worked with Peter Philips.

A Sentimental Journey – Digital Opera

On the 28th and 29th of March the brilliantly talented Craig Vear and the Open Work Ensemble are presenting A Sentimental Journey at York Theatre Royal.

It is a digital opera for a mixed ensemble of technologies, remote audiences and live performers. Inspired by Laurence Sterne’s novel, first published in 1768.

You can read more about the detail of the project on their website  but in a nutshell:

“The work will be performed live to the theatre audience, and streamed to hundreds of people around the world, who will be reporting back with photos and postcards of their sentimental journeys. The end result is a shared experience between the audience(s), the performers, the music, the book, and the collective imagination.”

Each performance will include a post show discussion and will be streamed live at the A Sentimental Journey website.

Having worked with Craig on a number of occasions before, I have no doubt that this will be an engaging, enjoyable, interesting and inspiring event.

To book tickets to be in the live audience please contact the Theatre online or by phoning 01905 623568

If you can’t be in York log in to the A Sentimental Journey website to take part in the live stream.

Digital Identity Seminars

Digital communication skills for the arts, culture and heritage sectors

May 1 – 3 | National Centre for Early Music | York

Facilitated by Dr. Abhay Adhikari | Produced by Ben Pugh  

Presented in association with NCEM

I’ve been lucky enough to have had opportunity to work with Abhay Adhikari over the last few years on various projects. Having been inspired in recent discussions by his vision and ideas around the world of social media and digital identities i felt it would make a great series of seminars for those of us working in the arts, culture and heritage. So in partnership with the National Centre for Early Music  (which is a great space for inspiration and learning)  i’ve done just that:

You can read about these half day or full day sessions following the links below:

The workshops:

Seminars overview

Strategic development for the arts, culture and heritage sectors
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Suitable for: creative directors, curators and senior management

Campaigning and visibility for the arts, culture and heritage sectors
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Suitable for: marketing and communications teams

Finding your audience and collaborators online
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Suitable for: individual practitioners and community led organisations


Abhay gave a short talk at TEDxYork last summer which gives good introduction to the work: 



Guest Suites | New Work from Jacky Lansley

Some friends of mine are involved in a new work with choreographer Jacky Lansley, which having premiered at RAH2 in feb is coming to York Minster on the 3rd of March.

It sounds fascinating and should be a great thing to see in the stunning context of York Minster’s Chapter House.

This is what the website says:

Guest Suites is inspired by Bach’s Cello Suites which Lansley and her frequent collaborator composer Jonathan Eato use as an artistic template.The first three suites will be performed live by outstanding cellist Audrey Riley and, on historic recording, by Pablo Casals. Eato’s contemporary addition Suite Inserts – a ‘compositional reworking’ of four movements for cello and electronics – will be performed live by Riley and, on laptop, by Eato himself.

Central to Guest Suites is the idea of artists guesting in each other’s worlds. A core ensemble of four dancers will be joined by guest dancers and actors. Guests will be announced nearer the time but will include dancers Fergus Early, Esther Huss, Hannah Mi, Huri Murphy, Sanna Ryg and Tim Taylor.

Lansley forged her unique style from a rigorous training in both classical work with the Royal Ballet Company and in the radical worlds of Performance Art and New Dance practice; she says: “The formal beauty of Bach’s Cello Suites provide an intriguing emotional and structural world for the work. The suites remain an artistic touchstone not just for musicians but for all artists”.

Tickets are available via the York Minster Box Office.

and more info can be found on –

Hope to see you there.


A Sentimental Journey

Towards the end of March at York Theatre Royal the Open Work Ensemble are producing – A Sentimental Journey – A digital opera for a mixed ensemble of technologies, remote audiences and live performers. 4 musicians, 4 laptops, and an actor/singer.

You can read up on – 

The group are looking for your captured ‘moments of distraction’:

Many of us carry smart phones that make it easier than ever to capture those moments of distraction (a glance, a pause) whilst on a journey. If you have any words, images and videos that you would like to share, please send them our way. We intend to use some of these in our live performance.

So to get the ball rolling… here are a couple of short audio clips i’ve grabbed on my travels:

Cooling Train at Leeds Station 

(if the audio player isn’t showing click – Cooling Train)


Monks on Regent Street London

(if the audio player isn’t showing click – Regent Street London)

There is an old adage that the best camera is the one you have with you, same applies here, these recordings were made on my iPhone just using the standard iOS voice memo recorder.

have a think about contributing sounds, images, words etc… you can tweet using the hashtag #DigitalOpera and be sure to follow @_Y0R1CK for updates.