EVENT transposing the movement of the river Effra in Belair Park into musical notation – Sunday 18th May 2014

Belair Lake

This spring Southwark is inviting its residents to experience the rhythms of Southwark’s ‘lost river’ for themselves in a unique music event in Dulwich on Sunday 18 May.

In the first experience of its kind in Southwark, audiences will be able to combine nature with music as they walk along and watch musicians translate the tranquil sounds of the river into an innovative musical masterpiece.

Effra notation

Bring a picnic!

Floodtide on the Effra is a free outdoor event developed by arts company, Informal, and commissioned by Southwark Council, and consists of a series of contemporary musical performances along the route of the River Effra.

Running between Gipsy Hill and Vauxhall, through South East London, this remarkable Southwark landmark is being brought to life for the first time from its historical underground location through this unusual four stage musical event.

The music will be generated through the use of oceanographic sensors that will read the flow of the water and transform it into musical notation. These will be sent to ipads and smartphones, and then played by the four groups of performers on the scenic walking route along the Effra from Belair Park to Dulwich Park.

Audiences will then be in awe as composer, John Eacott, brings the vocalists, brass players, percussionists and beatboxers together in a fantastic finale.

A council spokesperson said: “As the first event of its kind in Southwark, we look forward to seeing all our residents and local arts enthusiasts get involved in this truly unique experience and watch this exciting event unfold.”

Before the start of the main event, from 12pm to 2pm, there will also be a chance to enjoy a spring picnic, alongside activities for all the family at Belair Park. The performances of Floodtide will begin at 2pm in the following locations:

  • 2pm to 2:20pm Belair Park
  • 2:35pm to 2:55pm Dulwich Picture Gallery
  • 3:10pm to 3:30pm Dulwich Park boating lake
  • 3:30pm to 3:50pm Dulwich Park

It’s also not too late to get involved in Floodtide on the Effra – the Southwark events team is still looking for singers for a group performance on the day, so get in touch at events@southwark.gov.uk for more details.

To find out more about the Floodtide experience itself, please visit http://www.southwark.gov.uk/floodtide

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