People from Herefordshire take part in ground breaking Sound Project in Abergavenny (From Ledbury Reporter)
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People from Herefordshire take part in ground breaking Sound Project in Abergavenny
11:14am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
For the fifth year running, “Resonant Collective” will create a Live Sound Installation at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny.
The inspiration of local musician Chrys Blanchard, the work draws together more than 40 vocalists and musicians from around the UK to create a unique public event.
The hospital's out-patient waiting area will be transformed for the event on the afternoon of Sunday, October 13.
Beneath the beautiful Dreamscape Banners that festoon the ceiling, the vocalists create subtle tones that seem to hang in the air and spiral high above the space, evoking an atmosphere of peace and serenity. The music passes through cycles which take listeners on a journey through deep relaxation, stillness and contemplation to moments of sheer delight weaving voices with the gently soothing sounds of gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, and other unusual instruments.
You can drop in anytime between 2pm and 5pm. In previous years the part of the installation that has proved increasingly popular is the ‘Sound Transfusion.’
Some individuals have the opportunity to be personally bathed in sound. People have commented on how relaxing they find this and some have said that it has helped to ease pain. T
here is also a Harp chair that people can sit in and feel the pleasant effect of the vibration travelling through their body as the harp strings are being strummed.
Consultant paediatrician Tom Williams is enthusiastic about the Soundscape and has made it possible for it to happen here in Abergavenny for the past five years.
He says: “It is important to include the arts as part of the healing process. The Soundscape can help people to take their minds off their worries and help soothe the mind.”
Nevill Hall Soundscape has become widely recognised as a significant body of work, the first of its kind in the UK.
There are plans to take Soundscape to Ireland in 2014.and Chrys has also been invited to Turkey next autumn to train others in this way of working.
Staff, patients and visitors alike have been delighted to happen upon the Soundscape as they walk through the hospital. “I only popped in for 10 minutes”, said one man, “and I was still there an hour and a half later!”
“I have had so many people contacting me saying that they have heard about the project and that they want to come and be part of it. It is very exciting.” says Chrys.
There will also be Songs to Soothe the Soul - singing songs from Taize in the hospital chapel on Monday, October 7, 6.30 until 8pm.
For those that want to experience a deep sound relaxation called a ‘Gong Bath’ you are welcome to come along to Out Patients Waiting area on the evening of Saturday, October 12, from 8.15 pm to 9.15pm.
All the events are free and this year Soundscape is being sponsored by GARTH (Gwent Arts in Health) and Abergavenny Music Shop. For more information please contact Chrys Blanchard on 07968 326294 or by email: email@example.com
Based on information supplied by chrys blanchard.
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