Vespertine York: A Mansion House Masquerade

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Vespertine cordially invites the people of York and beyond, to a guided tour of the Mansion House with a twist! This event will be a rare opportunity to see the Mansion House as it is awaiting renovation; the unfurnished, raw building will provide the perfect backdrop for performances and music.

Presenting a few images from our recent sound installation at Mansion House as part of Vespertine York‘s latest sold-out event: A new sound-work created entirely from magnetic tape and the various ticks and chimes of the antique clocks that until recently had populated this now empty shell.

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The source material was collected a month or so beforehand. In the intervening period all of these vintage timepieces were removed, along with the furniture, carpets, paintings and other fixtures, pending the building’s year-long closure for extensive refurbishment. It was a strange experience indeed to bring these recently gathered sounds back to the newly bare walls and exposed floorboards – almost like filling this grand building with the memories of its own departed furniture.

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The results were very positively received by the groups of visitors touring the house, with one even moved to compare it to the soundtrack to Tarkovsky’s Solaris – praise indeed!

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Also on the bill were the truly remarkable Sheffield-based anti-choir Juxtavoices and the multi-instrumentalist duo McWatt – both work checking out – plus food, drink, games, stories and more. And all for free! No wonder it sold out so quickly!

Vesp Installation 3

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Thanks very much to everyone who came along and showed their support and to Vespertine York for being such amazing hosts and for giving us such an amazing space to play with. It’s the latest in a series of events they’re curating, so their website is definitely worth a perusal. Certainly Hope we get to do it again soon?

Vesp Sunset

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