Artistic director, composer, lead artist
Projects – Footprints, Round & Round, Thin Air, Lachrymae, Line Dances, Intergenerational Project, The Opera Room, It’s a Shring Thing!, Palace Intrusions, The City Sings, Ring Ring Bell, In the Field, ECHO
Born in Oxford (1956), Helen studied music at University of London, Goldsmiths’ College. She participated in courses and projects led by John Cage, also appearing in Peter Greenaway’s film on the composer (Channel 4).
As composer/performer Helen has collaborated with a wide range of artists including theatre director/composer Graeme Miller (Dungeness 1987), artists Deborah Thomas (Red Velvet Piece, 1998), Roswitha Gerlitz (Moment of Being, 2004), performance artist Franko B (I’m Thinking of You, 2008-9), theatre company 30 Bird (Chodzenie-Siberia, 2011) and sound designer Alastair Goolden (1999 – present)
Commissions include two String Quartets (Nottinghamshire County Council, 1998 and Bath Film Festival 2003); title and incidental music for the documentary The River, (BBC2 1999), and A Suite of Somerset Apples for Harpsichord (Frome Festival, 2006). She was the composer for In Praise of Trees (Salisbury Festival and English Nature), creating the choral work The Echoing Green (premiere Salisbury Cathedral, 2002). Her piano piece, Green/yellow features in the soundtrack for DV8’s production Can We Talk About This.
Since 1999, with Artmusic, she has created sound installations and site-specific music projects including Thin Air (Cathedrals in UK and Eire) The City Sings (mac Birmingham, 2009-10), Ring Ring Bell (Tower Hamlets, 2012) and In the Field (Wadhurst, East Sussex, 2014-15)
Technology consultant, sound designer, lead artist
Projects – Footprints, Thin Air, Lachrymae, Line Dances, The Opera Room, In the Field, ECHO
As Sound Designer, his stage work includes Prospect Theatre Company, Bristol Old Vic, Royal Shakespeare Company, Hampstead Theatre Company, Royal Exchange Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Cambridge Theatre Company and the Young Vic. In addition to his collaborations with Artmusic, he has also created and installed soundscape designs with artists and composers on a number of platforms, including for a touring show of work by painter Kate Lynch in 2010. In 2012, he participated in the installation of Peace Camp, a site-specific work shown nationally as part of the Cultural Olympiad. For Bath Film Festival, he has developed a series of commissioned scores for silent films from several composers and instrumentalists, including Helen Ottaway. As writer and associate artist for Natural Theatre Company, he has also developed and scripted performance-based works and has lectured in sound design at institutions in Hong Kong and Glasgow.
Advisor, visual artist
Projects – Footprints, Lachrymae, ECHO
Visual artist, pin-hole photographer
Projects – Intergenerational Project, Palace Intrusions, In the Field
Projects – Footprints, Round & Round
Visual artist, designer
Projects – The Opera Room
Visual performer, choreographer, lead artist
Projects – Palace Intrusions see www.palaceintrusions.org.uk
Film and video artist
Projects – Palace Intrusions, Ring Ring Bell
Al Morrison 1936 – 2003
Film and video artist, photographer, educator
Projects – Footprints, Round & Round, Lachrymae, Line Dances, Intergenerational Project
Al was extremely generous with his time, energy and creativity. Whoever he worked with he supported and encouraged. As an artist in his own right he was prolific, working in many fields from painting to video. Whether creating video art, leading workshops or producing publicity material his approach was always original, never predictable and he tackled everything with a real enthusiasm. We miss his friendship, his quiet artistry and his ability to see through to the heart of things.