Karen Wimhurst JUMP

Field recordings of insects and amphibians combine with live and multi-tracked clarinets to take audiences on an enchanting musical journey through a symphony of small voices – 8 movements each feature a recording of a different creature, including crickets, grasshoppers and toads. Between movements the wonder of each creature is introduced.

JUMP is a marvellous musical rendition of the sounds of nature. Karen’s performance masterfully captures the essence of the organisms each piece represents‘ – Audience comment.

Once upon a time in a meadow far away… the joint was jumping with life. Insects were calling, frogs croaking, the sounds of summer. But this symphony of small voices is rapidly being silenced. A celebration of nature and a call to arms, in JUMP, field recordings of insects and amphibians become part of an exciting musical score, taking audiences on an enchanting musical journey into their world.

Written and performed by the hugely talented Karen Wimhurst, Karen introduces the audience to 9 creatures including crickets, grasshoppers and toads. Each movement opens with a close imitation of the creature’s song, to be joined by Karen on live multi-tracked clarinet for a work that draws on classical and jazz in a hugely engaging duet. Beautiful, vibrant videos,drawing on close up images of the amazing creatures heard in the music and created by multi-media artist Sonia Killman, will accompany the performance.

JUMP is an act of artistic engagement with these disappearing voices, a moment of reimagining our human selves. Inspired as merely one small voice within nature’s vast soundscape. Let’s move into a world  in which we all leap, bound, hop, bounce, skip, bob, caper, trill, whirr, croak, buzz, chirp, squeak, chirrup and jump for joy with the best of them. Many precious voices across the globe are vanishing fast. Hold onto them for dear life. Jump is a musical collaboration between composer Karen Wimhurst, entomologist (insect expert) Peter Smithers hon. FRES and bio acoustician Charlie Woodrow.

Monday 24th June from 6pm

Tickets: children £5 / adults £7


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