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Friday 18th November, 2022
The Venue at The Barrel House - Kendal
6:00pm
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Music on Nature: Finding A Language For Landscape.

Tracing the connections between nature and sound, we explore the landscapes around us through music, prose and poetry. With Festival patron Robert Macfarlane and Cumbrian born singer, songwriter Hayden Thorpe, join us for an intimate evening with a live music medley that tells the story of a changing land. With special guests poet Zaffar Kunial, writer Amy-Jane Beer and clarinetist Jack McNeill, travel through mountain passes and rivers, into places whose sounds exist outside the crowded realities of modern life.


In this new and exciting event, we welcome you on a sound journey to explore what the landscape means to you, how to tune into and unlock its hidden tracks. Set your ear to the earth and travel through its layers. Join us as we travel through deep time and sing the songs of the Anthropocene - enter a sonic world encompassing a nature rhythm to capture the visceral tones of our world - and dream of a history of things to come.

Come armed with your questions for a lively Q&A at the end of the session. 

Robert Macfarlane is a writer of books, film and music. He is an author of award winning, bestselling books about nature, place and people including Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and Underland. Robert is also the co-creator of The Lost Words and The Lost Spells. 

Hayden Thorpe is the Cumbrian solo artist, formerly of Wild Beasts. Hayden's latest record Moondust For My Diamond is all about walking the mountains, feeling the earth beneath your feet and contemplating the cosmos above and within you.

Zaffar Kunial is an award winning poet who's latest book England's Green has been shortlisted for the 2022 T.S Eliot Prize. 

Amy-Jane Beer is a biologist, nature writer and campaigner, based in North Yorkshire. Her latest book The Flow is the result of many years spent by, on, in and under the fresh running waters of Britain.

Jack McNeill is a clarinettist, composer and maker. A musician exploring the intersections of different traditions and sound worlds.

Their books will be available to purchase at the Festival book store over the Festival weekend.

Cover image: Crummock Valley, Lake District by John Macfarlane

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