King’s Wood Symphony, 2007
King’s Wood Symphony was written by Matthew King.
Electronic Score by Nye Parry.
With further contributions from Mike Roberts and students from Guildhall School of Music & Drama plus students from local schools.
The wood was used as inspiration, performance space and instrument in this piece which animated a dialogue between the ancient woodland space and the contemporary urban environment. The work included horns, percussion and digitally manipulated sounds of the forest and was presented first as a grand symphony, with musicians playing and moving through a mile and a half of the forest, and secondly as two pieces of chamber music at Wigmore Hall, London.
A recording of Matthew King discussing how the work was devised and realised, accompanied by an excerpt from the performance, can be heard here:
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Photographs by Stour Valley Arts and Darius Wilson