For Yorkshire Festival 2016, two of the county’s most renowned artists, composer Gavin Bryars and poet Blake Morrison, joined forces to create a new work to be experienced on the stopping train journey from Goole(Bryars’ birthplace) to Hull (or vice versa).
The piece, called The Stopping Train, is designed specifically for this journey following the sequence of stations between Goole and Hull. From 16 June you can download the free audio to your personal device and take the stopping train in either direction to experience the music moving through the landscape that inspired it. Or just listen wherever you choose.
Sonic Journey: Gavin Bryars + Blake Morrison is composed as a series of movements be played as the stopping train leaves each station on the journey between Goole and Hull or vice versa. Scored for viola, cello, bass, electric guitar and spoken voice, Morrison's poetry refers to the personal history of Bryars in the area as well as to topographical and historical material. The work was recently recorded at National Theatre, London by Gavin Bryars (bass) and Blake Morrison (spoken voice) together with members of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble with sound design by Mic Pool.
Throughout the day on 21 June, 20 headphones, provided by global audio specialist Sennheiser, will be installed in aNorthern train carriage for listeners to experience the piece aboard the Goole to Hull / Hull to Goole stopping service.
From 26 July - 6 August, Junction, Goole's premiere arts venue, will also host a sound installation and exhibitionof evocative images of the Goole to Hull route. Experience the music and poetry of Bryars and Morrison, the artists' original manuscripts and well-worn pencil, and images by talented Yorkshire-based photographer Sara Teresa.
"This journey has strong links to the area of East Yorkshire where I grew up, and this commission allows me to engage creatively with this environment for the first time. I have long admired Glenn Gould’s remarkable train journey-related The Idea of North as well as the obsessive train pieces by the Canadian Eldon Rathburn, who made the final realisation of Percy Grainger’s Train Music. This project with Blake gives me the chance to make my own train music at last."