Melanie Pappenheim vocals
Ruth Goller upright/electric bass guitar
Kate Halsall piano/keyboards
Nic Pendlebury viola
Stephen Hiscock percussion

A new kind of song-cycle in ten movements inspired by Robert McFarlane’s Landmarks, In Place explores how our sense of place informs our cultural identity. Composer Colin Riley has collaborated with writers Robert McFarlane, Paul Farley, Nick Papadimitrou, Daljit Nagra, Jackie Morris, Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson, weaving together place names, folksongs, found texts, field recordings and scored music to produce a work which speaks to all corners of the British Isles and crosses art-form boundaries.

Supported by the Cheltenham Music Festival Society

Words act as a compass; place-speech own Hall Proms concert. serves literally to en-chant the land – to sing it back into being, and to sing one’s being back into it.

Robert Macfarlane ‘Landmarks’ 2015

Colin Riley In Conversation

Sunday 8 July, 4-4.30pm
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre
Free ticket required

Described by The Guardian as ‘wry, understated and slightly bonkers’, composer Colin Riley tells us about the inspiration behind his latest project, In Place; the significance of a particular location in any given moment of time, and the importance of reclaiming how we listen to, and experience music, in a more mindful way.


Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies' College

Parabola Arts Centre is located in a Grade II listed building in the glamorous Montpellier district of Cheltenham. The centre was built as a facility for students of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and to be used as a public arts centre by the local community.

The original, listed Bayshill House was transformed into a gallery, bar and foyer area. The villa also houses all the rehearsal spaces, offices, video editing suite, dance studio and library. This means that the regular activity of the building takes place in the light, beautifully restored listed building.

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