Artists capture the sounds of Civil War at the site of the Battle of Naseby

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A new performance exploring the sounds, music and atmosphere of the English Civil War comes to All Saint’s Church in Naseby in June.

Panegyric was created by artists Dan Scott and Tom Adams, who worked with Civil War re-enactors, musicians and local school children to create a dreamlike audio-visual performance, complete with songs and animations, with many sounds recorded on the website. where the fighting took place.

The artists have been partnered with volunteers from Naseby 1645, which works to preserve and enhance sites related to what was a defining battle of the English Civil War, through a program called Meeting Point, which features works of art in unexpected places and forges relationships between artists and heritage. organisms.

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Artist Dan Scott explained, “It would not have been possible to do this work without the contribution of everyone we met along the way.

“Everyone, including the school children, was very aware of the importance of Naseby in the Civil War and it was amazing to be able to film this and capture sounds on the very ground that Civil War soldiers would have walked on. .”

The piece, which includes visuals created by animator and filmmaker Paul Barritt, takes audiences on a journey beginning at sunrise and ending at the end of a day of battle. The piece also explores the relevance and resonance of the battle in contemporary life in the UK.

Sounds that can be heard in the room include soldiers and horses charging and musket fire – all of which have been recreated by members of the Sealed Knot, the UK’s oldest re-enactment society. The voices of children from Naseby Church of England Primary School and Farndon Fields Primary School in Market Harborough can be heard, along with drum beats and music that the pupils worked with the artists to create.

Dan Scott and Tom Adams

Words from the 17th century poem A Dialogue Between Old England and New England by Anne Bradstreet can also be distinguished, as well as music played on snare drums, pipes and a lizard – an ancient wind instrument, as well than more contemporary sounds played on analog synthesizers and electric bass guitars.

The work is called panegyrics – speeches or verses in praise of something, such as those often written during the Civil War era in praise of Charles I or Oliver Cromwell.

“In addition to capturing the dirt, heat and chaos of battle, and its quiet moments, we wanted to reflect on why people go to war and how sometimes what you love can lead to conflict. – something that is of course very relevant to all of us today,” added Tom Adams.

Panegyric will be performed on Saturday 11th June 2022 at 6pm at All Saints Church, Church Street, Naseby NN6 6DA. Free tickets are available at https://bit.ly/panegyricNaseby.

The project is part of Meeting Point, a program run by contemporary art specialists Arts&Heritage (www.artsandheritage.org.uk). Meeting Point presents works of art in unexpected places and helps small and medium-sized museums commission artists, forging new relationships between the contemporary art and heritage sectors.

For this program cycle, leading artists have been associated with six museums to produce new works of art inspired by museums and their collections.

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