David Ward and Orlando Gough
2017 – ongoing
The art of bell ringing is part of the English tangible and intangible heritage. Bell ringers want to encourage greater interest in the traditional sound scape in the surrounding local communities, especially among young people, so that this local know-how is not lost. The project aims to enhance a heritage that is threatened by the lifestyles and mobility of the local residents.
David Ward and Orlando Gough created a multi-part performance with members of the church and local people.
A new series of contemporary bells ringing was composed as well as a set of polyphonic songs using texts by David Ward on the relationship between bells and war.
Image projections inside and outside the church will aim to make visible activities related to the bells that are normally invisible.
David Ward is a British artist born in 1951. He works in several media such as painting, photography, performance and sound. He has a history of collaborating with choreographers and composers in his practice. His work can be found in public spaces and in major British collections.
Orlando Gough, born in 1953 in Brighton, is a composer mainly for the performing arts (opera, dance, theatre...). He also directs The Shout, a choir of diverse soloists and devises and directs large-scale site-specific choral pieces.
Commissioners: Jo Wenbourne, Janet Collins, Howard Bowering, Jane Pridmore, Timothy Collins, Janet Ranger and Jane Pridmore, bell ringers from Dorset County
Place: St. Mary the Virgin Church in Charminster, Dorset (Angleterre)
Partners: Fondation de France, Diocese of Salisbury, Arts Council