No Worst, There Is None

Bill Ryder-Jones Piece to be Re-imagined At Liverpool Cathedral
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April 05th 2016

Ad Hoc Creative Announces New Large Scale Artwork At Liverpool Anglican Cathedral For LightNight 2016

Daniel Thorne (founder of IMMIX ensemble), to arrange stunning Bill Ryder-Jones composition for large scale audio visual artwork, ‘NO WORST, THERE IS NONE’, featuring Liverpool Cathedral Youth Choir and visual artists Sam and Damien Wiehl, at LightNight 2016. 

Ad Hoc Creative, a collaboration between Bido Lito! Magazine and Ad Hoc Property Management, have announced ‘No Worst, There is None’, a one-off audio visual composition for LightNight 2016 being held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on Friday 13th May. The project, based around IMMIX ensemble founder Daniel Thorne’s arrangement of a gorgeous Bill Ryder-Jones orchestral piece, will feature Liverpool Cathedral Youth Choir and visual artists Sam and Damien Wiehl, resulting in a stunning large scale immersive audio visual performance. 

The artwork, which is based around Bill Ryder-Jones’ sweeping response to the Gerard Manley Hopkins poem from which this project is named, is to be presented within an immersive, multimedia, light and AV environment, and performed twice (9pm and 10pm) during the evening of 13th May at Liverpool Cathedral. Additionally, the large scale performance will feature readings of ‘No Worst, There Is None’ from members of Liverpool-based social enterprise The Reader’s community reading groups. 

No Worst There Is None Liverpool Cathedral

Bill Ryder-Jones said of the project, “Writing the ‘No Worst, There Is None’ commission was one of the most enjoyable jobs I’ve had. Expressing my thoughts on a source material in music is something I’ve done and loved doing for a while now. This project was no different. I was told that I could do whatever I wanted to create a musical interpretation to the Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem, and more importantly I was never asked to explain myself in it.”

“Once again Liverpool proves itself to be a home for esoteric and conceptual happenings and as we all know, a place where people want more from the arts than the posturing and showboating that is offered in the main. It is a real pleasure to be thought of as someone who writes music worth hearing and I can’t wait to hear what Daniel Thorne does with the scraps of melody I’ve given.” 

“It is a real privilege to work on this project,” said Daniel Thorne. “Bill has created a beautiful response to the text, and the audience will be given the unique opportunity to hear his piece from multiple perspectives as it is passed across a number of different instrumentations, all within a stunning visual context.”

LightNight is Liverpool’s annual late night arts festival recognised when the city’s arts and heritage organisations join forces to create a large-scale showcase of its vibrant cultural offer. Each May, thousands of visitors of all ages choose from over 100 free events at over 50 city centre locations to form their own culture crawl. With museums, galleries and art spaces across the city open until late, and over 100 special cultural events for visitors of all ages, it is a unique city and region-wide collaboration. The Ad Hoc Creative commission ‘No Worst, There Is None’ at The Anglican Cathedral will be one of this year’s marquee events. 

Christina Grogan, Open Culture Director (LightNight Festival producers) said: “We’re thrilled to be working on this special collaborative project with Ad Hoc Creative, which will offer audiences a truly memorable one-off performance. Working with high-calibre artists such as Bill Ryder-Jones, Daniel Thorne and Sam and Damien Wiehl means that it’s going to be a real highlight of the programme – an event that is not to be missed, especially in the stunning surroundings of Liverpool Cathedral.”

Andrew Schofield, Regional Manager for the North, Ad Hoc Property Management commented: “This creative collaboration provides us with the ideal platform to create partnerships nationwide and celebrates the diversity of space, old and new and offers visitors the opportunity to experience an environment from a whole new perspective. We have joined forces with some of the most exciting artists who are breaking boundaries in experiential art. We are hugely excited at the opportunity to be pioneers in such an innovative venture in a city renowned for its creativity.”

A small scale version of this project was originally presented as an immersive installation in May 2015 at Calderstones Mansion House, which is also home to The Reader, an internationally regarded award-winning charitable social enterprise working to connect people with great literature through shared reading. The large scale performance at LightNight will also feature readings of ‘No Worst, There Is None’ from member’s of The Reader’s community reading groups.

Emily Crawford, Communications Manager at The Reader said, “We’re really excited to be part of this year’s LightNight event giving people the opportunity to come and experience the literary inspiration behind the evening’s installation live and aloud with some of our readers. We’re always keen to get involved with anything that sparks an interest in knowing more about the power of literature and having seen how positively the installation was originally received at Calderstones we know it certainly does that. This poem in particular is very poignant to the organisation and actually sparked some of our first commissioned work within the NHS, and we’re delighted to be able to share it with the Light Night audience.”

Eryl Parry, Director of Enterprise at Liverpool Cathedral commented, “This project typifies so many things that makes LightNight such a special experience: innovative collaborations between great artists that previously have never met and discover new ways of expression and ways of using this spectacular building, together then producing something truly memorable and enjoyable for literally thousands of people!  Over the last few years, the Cathedral has become a ‘must go to’ venue on LightNight as we’ve guaranteed a ‘never seen before or since’ event – this year will be no exception.”

‘No Worst, There Is None’ takes place at Liverpool Cathedral on Friday 13th May as part of LightNight Liverpool with performances at 21:00 and 22:00.

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