This modern take on the ‘city symphony’ is a striking portrait of Brighton in music and images. A vibrant score by composer Ed Hughes, animates daily activities and extraordinary events from dawn to dusk, wittily echoing the silent classic, Berlin Symphony of a City (1927). All-weather bathers plunge into winter seas at sunrise. Residents work, commute, flirt and play and do surprising things in their offices. Bohemian, queer and activist pasts and presents cross-fade. Homelessness and gentrification collide. Moving through the day we glimpse forgotten attractions in sparkling amateur movies from Screen Archive South East. ‘Father Neptune’ is dunked in a raucous ritual from 1951; 1930s marchers celebrate the anniversary of the Soviet Union and modern protestors commemorate Gaza. The elegant ferris Wheel, a present day icon destined for destruction, marks the passage of time. The day culminates in night-time revelry, astounding puppetry and the winter solstice festival, ‘The Burning of the Clocks’. A kaleidoscopic view of this unique seaside town, where the everyday and the carnivalesque are thrown into relief through the striking textures, rhythms and tones of music and montage.
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Music - Orchestra of Sound and Light : Helen Whitaker flute;Chris O’Neal oboe; Alison Hughes clarinet;
Emma Harding bassoon; Richard Steggall horn; Edward Maxwell trumpet; Jonathan Hollick trombone
Tim Palmer timpani; Nick Marett percussion; Shin Suzuma piano; Christina Woods violin 1; Nicky Sweeney violin 1; Maeve Jenkinson violin 1; Anna Giddey violin 2; Rachel Steadman violin 2; Nikki Bates violin 2; Clara Biss viola; Emily Marsden viola; Joe Giddey cello; Sarah Davison cello; Roger McCann double bass
Ed Hughes Composer and Conductor
Lizzie Thynne - Director
Phil Reynolds Editor
Catalina Balan - Associate Producer
Recording: Classical Media
Recording Producer: Simon Weir
Recording Engineer: Morgan Roberts
A Brighton Festival Commission 2016