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    May 04 2024


    12:05 pm - 5:00 pm

    Sound Forest

    A full afternoon of making and song curated by WVRF Musical director Tim Hill, inspired by May Day traditions from around the world, as part of our Merry Monmouth Day celebrations. 

    12 noon – 5pm Saturday 4 May, Drybridge Park, Monmouth, NP25 5AS

    Come and play with sound and nature with extraordinary musicians and singers, be a part of workshops or take the chance to just sit back and listen amongst the trees.

    The Sound Forest is a space to wander and wonder, listening to sounds, poems and music inspired by earth and woods, make a beautiful Singing Tree and play along with birdsong.

    Listen to performances including:

    • Lyndon Owen, playing and improvising on Welsh folk instruments
    • Fiona Taylor, local flautist and composer inspired by bird song
    • Rhys Trimble, the ‘Avant Bard’ and his feral hoard of words
    • Michael Fairfax, who makes great stringed instruments hewn from the wood around his home.
    • And, of course, The Wodwose, our Wye Valley River Festival band

    Join in with our workshops:

    The interactive sessions include:

    Sound Harps with sculptor and sound maker Michael Fairfax. Come and help create and play the beautiful Singing Tree, make ear harps and extra-ordinary stringed instruments hewn from the woods

    Playing with the birds by  composer and musician Fiona Taylor

    The Singing Space – led by songstresses Maggie Nichols, Jenn Singleton, Holly Jacks and Olivia Preye

    The Tent of Taste featuring presentations by forager Liz Knight and herbalist Rowan McOnegal