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Drake Music: Planted Symphony

Free event

What if a garden could make music?

Planted Symphony is a new way to experience music in nature - an interactive audio trail where melody, installations and stories take you on a journey and bring the Canalside to life.

Download the app and listen as geolocation technology triggers sounds and songs. Experience music surrounded by nature, and enjoy the intriguing installations hidden around you.

Planted Symphony tells the tale of Lagether, a herbalist who calls upon the natural world to help her heal, grow and be transformed. Using headphones and your senses, you meet her through spoken word and song lyrics, flowers and foliage. As you move around, the music explores the magic and mystery of nature - at one moment wind and whispers, the next, full pomp and glory.

Drake Music is the leading national organisation working in music, disability and technology. Planted Symphony has been with support from Arts Council England, Sonos and the Foyle Foundation.

The project features exciting new work made by disabled and non-disabled musicians, poets, storytellers and artists working together:

Composer: Lucy Hale
Musical Director: Ben Sellers
Composer/Arranger: Cassandra Gurling
Cello: Georgina Aasgaard
Vocals: Miryam Solomon
MiMu Gloves: Kris Halpin
Electronic Wind Instrument: Sonia Allori
Marimba: Jenni Parkinson
Narrative and Lyrics: Dave Young
Experience Director/Narrator: Nickie Miles Wildin
Production Design: Jon Van Beek
Producer: Amy Sibley-Allen
Executive Producer: Tim Yates

Read more: www.drakemusic.org


Open 11am - 5pm each day. No need to book.

The experience lasts between 20 - 30 minutes and is suitable for adults and families with older children. 

Planted Symphony aims to be as accessible as possible, with access embedded into the creative approach, an App and audience experience. 

The Planted Symphony App wil be available soon. Before the event you will be able to download the App on your 'phone or tablet (iOS and Android) and bring your headphones. There will be Easy Read guides to the App available for participants at the event.

The App is accessible and includes BSL videos and embedded audio descriptions.

For D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences there will be Subpacs available which translate sound into vibration and over-ear headphones which are compatible with hearing aids. Find out more here: subpac.com and book a subpac by emailing access@stables.org

The trail will include benches, offered as rest points and participants will be encouraged to take it at their own pace.

Staff will be available to assist with access and technical queries at the event.

Covid-19 Safety
The safety of our audiences, artists, volunteers and staff is our highest priority. As well as following all government and industry guidelines, we’re working closely with specialist safety advisors to ensure all our event locations are Covid-safe and secure for everyone. We will update more information between now and the Festival.

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