Matthew King

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


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