The latest work by poet Adelle Stripe and composer Halldór Smárason is ‘The Humber Star’ which is part of a body of work that responds to the tempestuous nature and savage beauty of the North Sea. It is set in the winter months following one of the biggest maritime tragedies in Hull’s history, where 108 men were lost on one day.
Inspired by the lives of women in seafaring communities it tells the story of Mary Mudd, a resident of St. Andrew’s Terrace who lost her husband in the great December storm of 1894. In this poetic lament Mary walks along Spurn Head to watch for her husband’s boat on the skyline, never giving up hope that he will return. She wears his navy Humber Star gansey, knitted for him on the Christmas that never was, and shelters beneath the High Light’s lantern, a beacon for incoming boats.
This new work celebrates the culture and legends of Hessle Rd in the 19th Century and draws on archival material, oral history and local traditions gathered from the communities that lived there. The piece is set to a breathtaking original score by Icelandic Composer Halldór Smárason and was performed by Sinfonia UK Collective and Read by Vicky Foster as part of Hull UK City of Culture.
Supported by Arts Council England and The Nordic Council of Ministers