Hummers Wanted!


Hummers wanted!
Mid Pennine Arts and Clitheroe Castle Museum are looking for 10 women and 2 men between the age of 18 and 90+ to work with contemporary composer Ailís Ní Ríain to create a sound installation for the Castle Keep at Clitheroe Castle in Lancashire.

International prize-winning contemporary classical composer Ailís Ní Ríain has been awarded the second Contemporary Heritage commission.

Contemporary Heritage: A new way of seeing is an ambitious programme of site-responsive commissions at historic sites across Pennine Lancashire. The interventions, inspired by Pennine Lancashire’s heritage, animate each site and offer visitors a rare chance to experience major works by artists of national and international standing outside urban centres.

Ailís is particularly interested in public sound art, opera, music-theatre and presenting contemporary music in diverse spaces.

You don’t need to be musical and you won’t be asked to sing! Just think of a song which means something to you and that you know well enough to hum.

The ‘Hummers’ will spend an hour together with Ailís in the Pendle Hill room at Clitheroe Castle on Friday 8th April 10-11am. Over cups of tea and biscuits, she’ll talk about her work as a composer and how she creates her pieces. She’ll play examples of her music; talk about the Contemporary Heritage programme and about how she’ll be working with you.

Each ‘Hummer’ will spend an extra 20 minutes 1:1 with Ailís. This will be a relaxed conversation leading to you humming a tune which means something to you. You can bring along words as a prompt if you like.

The recording will be used in the sound installation. Ailís will work your part into all the other recordings and the listener will not be able to identify an individual ‘voice’ (hum).

We would be delighted if you would like to take part in this unique opportunity. If you are available on Friday 8 April between 10am – 11am and for a further 20 minutes during the day, please call or email Rebecca to book your place and your 20 minute session with Ailís. You are welcome to look around the museum for free, usual price £3.65.

Ailís will telephone all the ‘Hummers’ for a chat before Friday 8th April.

To book your place, or if you’d like more information or would just like to have a chat about the project, please call Rebecca on 01282 421 986 ext 207 or email  Rebecca will ask your age as we would like a wide range of ages to participate.

Contemporary Heritage is a Mid Pennine Arts partnership programme working in collaboration with Lancashire Museum Service. 


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