Saturday 1 July, 2pm, at The Orchard, Whitchurch Green, near Bamfield Road, BS14 0SF
As part of the Orchard Engagement Programme artist Freya Gabie worked with local groups and Bristol-based composer Tina Hitchens to create bespoke songs for The Orchard, which was performed at this special summer event.
Starting from The Orchard, each group of singers began their own song as the previous one ended – a song grafted, like a fruit tree, on to the last. As the performance progressed, performers branched out across Whitchurch Green, the sound of voices spilling out and around the local area.
Grafted Chorus was performed by diverse singers from Cosmos Choir, Bristol Experimental Expanded Film (BEEF) Choir, Bridge Learning Campus, and the Hengrove Wassail singers: Caitlin Alais Callahan, DM Withers, Nat Brown and Nick Janaway.
Grafted Chorus considers the connection between The Orchard as a social space to gather and commune, and its cathedral formation: both are spaces that are animated by the communities who use them.
Freya and Tina gave a talk about the process of creating Grafted Chorus on Saturday 17 June 2017.
About the artist
Freya Gabie’s practice is site responsive: seeking to disrupt or rupture the intimate and unconscious exchange between people, objects and their environment. Through methods of displacement, partial erasure or a complete controlled re-framing of an environment or object, new qualities are revealed.
Gabie was born in south west England and studied BA Sculpture at Chelsea College of Art and The Royal College of Art. She has exhibited across the UK and internationally, and undertaken residencies and projects across the world, from Fljotstunga, rural Iceland, The DepARTure Foundation, Canary Wharf, 108, New York and Norway at USF. She had two solo exhibitions in 2016: Quickly, Quietly, 9b Projects, London and EVERYTHING MUST GO,Neo: Bolton. For more information visit her website: www.freyagabie.com