Eden has proved a fantastic outdoor setting for some electrifying acts such as energetic rockers Muse and drama queen Amy Winehouse.
This summer we’re staging a musical event which will ring out just as loud and clear – but uses simply the power of voice and the site’s natural acoustics to fill the place with sound.
Unplugged will see around 100 singers, plus brass and percussion players, positioned around the former clay pit in a huge acoustic event on 3 and 4 June. Among them will be local musicians, composers and choirs, including the Eden and Imerys choirs and the BBC Proms Family Orchestra.
The organisers are also looking for individual singers to take part in the event and the workshops leading up to it. The workshops, which start in May, will give the participants the chance to help shape the final piece.
Part of Eden’s 10th birthday celebrations this year, Unplugged has been specially created by London-based composer Tim Sutton, along with Vicky Long, creative producer for Cape Farewell, the project that helps people to engage in the subject of climate change by combining science with music and the arts. It is supported by Tipping Point, PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England.
The music itself has been inspired by different folk traditions and the history of mining to form a piece that encourages people to think of Eden’s background, and the connection between people and the environment.
Tim Sutton said: ‘I’m really excited by the possibility of working with Cornish musicians to create a piece which will inhabit the great outdoors.
‘The aim is to invite people to experience Eden in a new way, with heightened attention to and appreciation of the sounds of the natural environment, reflecting upon our responsibility towards it.’
The next workshop will take place on Sunday May 8. For more information on the Unplugged event and how to take part as a singer, contact Amie Rey firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about Eden’s collaboration with Cape Farewell.