Since 2016 Waveney & Blyth Arts has been developing a project that focuses on the sounds of nature rather than the sights, working closely with Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind and Adrian Lee, a visually impaired musician and composer, and member of Tactile Ensemble
We have recruited an amazing ensemble of sighted, blind and visually impaired amateur and professional singers and instrumentalists from Norfolk and Suffolk to work with Adrian and his colleague Jackie Walduck, vibraphone player, composer and leader of Tactile.
Over three months they have created an original music score inspired by the calls of birds, insects and wildlife found on the wonderful mixed woodland site at Thornham Walks, near Eye, Suffolk which has belonged to the Henniker-Major family for over 200 years.
Tactile is :
Jackie Walduck – vibraphone
Adrian Lee – guitar
Matthew Wadsworth – lute and theorbo
James Risdon – recorders
Tom Jackson – clarinet and saxophone
Ben Markland – double bass
“This is a fantastic, innovative project, and I am so excited that everyone will now have the opportunity to participate and experience nature in new ways.”
Tom Shakespeare, commentator, broadcaster and campaigner and Sensing Nature Patron
Click here to read a project update and listen to sound files created during recent music workshops