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Contemporary composer searching for 'hummers' at Clitheroe Castle
11:20am Friday 1st April 2011 in Art news
AN international prize-winning composer ‘who can get right under the skin’ will be humming a tune in the Clitheroe Castle Museum.
Contemporary composer Ailís Ní Ríain, has been commissioned to create a sound installation in and around the castle keep.
Her composition is inspired by the story of the Lancashire Witches and the 400th anniversary of the Witch trials, next year.
The Irish-born composer is now looking for 10 women and two men from Clitheroe to become ‘hummers.’ Each person will be asked to hum a song which has a personal poignancy to them which will eventually become part of the installation.
Ailís said: “Clitheroe Castle Museum and grounds are fascinating. The keep itself is particularly inspiring and I found the panel on the Lancashire Witch Trials in the museum curious and indeed shocking.
“The keep is incredible and has terrific scope for engagement with the public which is something I focus strongly on throughout my artistic work.”
Ailís captured the public’s imagination in 2009 with ‘Lighthouse Lullaby’, in Maryport, Cumbria.
Her composition incorporated the sounds and rhythms of the lighthouse’s position at the harbour entrance and the piece interacted with the natural sounds and acoustics of the cast iron building to create an ever-changing improvised performance The most recent installation is being commissioned by the Mid Pennine Arts organisation.
Nick Hunt, Mid Pennine Arts creative director, said: “Contemporary Heritage is an ambitious programme of new art that makes dramatic use of some of our outstanding heritage locations.
“We are delighted to be working with Clitheroe Castle Museum and thrilled that Ailís has accepted the commission.
"Her installation will bring contemporary art, local people and a unique place together. It will give visitors a very new experience of this wonderful Lancashire landmark.”