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Cultural Connections fright night at Calke Abbey

Friday, August 24th, 2012

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What a brilliant summer’s evening and a suitably eerie venue to host another great event for our guests: The Woman in Black summer night’s screening at Calke Abbey.

Having worked with QUAD since 2008, we’ve been hosting Cultural Connections, our joint monthly events for clients, suppliers and partners for over a year now. In addition to last year’s outdoor screening of The King’s Speech at Kedleston Hall, we’ve since hosted some fantastic cultural events for our guests including National Theatre Live screenings, exhibition launches, an Olympic Torch Relay celebration party and various film screenings at QUAD.

Arriving at Calke Abbey at 6pm to entertain guests with Pimms and lemonade and strawberries and cream in the evening sunshine, we watched hundreds of others arrive in the grounds to set up picnics and prepare themselves to be scared – pillows and blankets at the ready! We had also prepared some treat bags with a creepy quote from the film to set the tone for the evening. Some of our guests commented on how original it was to spend an evening of informal networking in such beautiful surroundings.

As a location for outdoor cinema screenings, Calke Abbey is not just expansive and visually impressive, but possibly much under explored as a place of historical interest in the region. Currently in the care of the National Trust, the Grade I listed country house estate has an interesting history dating back to the sixteenth century. Before the National Trust took over the care of the property in the 1980’s, it had remained almost untouched for over 100 years. As such, the crumbling paintwork and overgrown courtyards provided the perfect creepy backdrop for The Woman in Black, sharing much in common with Eel Marsh House from the film (and perhaps it even has a ghost or two?)

As the sun began to go down, Calke Abbey came into its own, creating a chilling atmosphere before the film had even begun. Shadows were cast on the walls of the house by people’s torches and candles, really putting the audience in the mood for the jumpy bits that would follow.

Watching everyone settle on the sloping bank on chairs and blankets with candles and bottles of wine waiting for it to get dark, created a feeling unlike that of being in a cinema. It is hard not to feel part of the action on screen when you are out under the stars, not to mention making a film like The Woman in Black hit even harder with its scary punches – cue lots of screams and shouts from the audience along with people ducking under blankets they had brought along (myself included).

With the outdoor cinema events, QUAD have done such a great job in making the most of the limited summer we have; with outdoor screenings taking place at numerous venues around the county between May and September. However, most importantly I think, the Summer Night’s Film Festival has encouraged people from in and around Derbyshire to venture out into the county and explore some of this country’s most spectacular historic properties; and what better way to showcase Derbyshire’s fantastic heritage than providing the setting for some brilliant cinema?

Recent Work – Sinfonia ViVA Orchestra

Friday, March 5th, 2010

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Audio Lens Performance at the Assembly Rooms, Derby on Wednesday 3rd March.

Sinfonia ViVA:  Audio Lens

Katapult developed the branding for the project and K-motion (Katapult’s motion graphics and video production unit) have been filming the project and are currently producing a DVD which will feature the final performance and a documentary of the project.

Composers and Workshop Leaders James Redwood and Jack Ross wrote a new piece for concertante (group of six ViVA musicians who will perform as soloists and form the workshop teams) with the wider ViVA ensemble which included moments for participation by the project participants; young people from one primary school, two secondary schools and Derby College.

This process began at QUAD as part of the Art and Participation season on 2 November 2009. The concertante team and composers came together with the project participants in the QUAD gallery to explore and develop some musical material which will be further developed to form part of the final composition.

A VJ artist worked with a small group of participants from Burton College to consider ways of presenting video and animations during the final performance.

The ViVA team, conductor and VJ came together with all the participants for the final two days of the project during which they put all the new material created during the project into one large piece on Wednesday 3rd March, at the Assembly Rooms, Derby.

Katapult have enjoyed working with Sinfonia ViVA since 2001 and you can see more of the recent video work  K-Motion has been doing with them below.

Sinfonia ViVA – ABO Conference Promo

At the recent ABO conference in Glasgow, a video was produed highlighting the educational work that Sinfonia ViVA undertakes. Phil Higgins interviewed James Redwood (Composer, Workshop Leader + Board-Director) and editited this together with interviews with conductor André de Ridder and composer Anna Meredith to create a promotional video highlighting the arrival of the ABO (Association of British Orchestras) conference in Derby, February 2011.  The video was mixed with the sinfonia ViVA ident, a motion graphics based introduction. The video was well received at this the ABO’s primary annual conference held this year at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall; the major gathering of the classical music industry in the UK, with over 350 delegates drawn from orchestras both from within the UK and abroad, venues, agents, publishers and suppliers.

See video here

Client Testimonial:

“Thanks again for the film for our Association of British Orchestras pitch at the of last month. It was a great piece of work and  now everyone is talking about Derby, the conference next year and how they are looking forward to coming. As a colleague said afterwards – “gosh you guys really know how to do a pitch”. Of course this would not have been possible without the hard work you put in to create such a inspiring film. Yet another quality product from k-motion!”

Peter Helps
Chief Excecutive – sinfonia ViVA

Sinfonia ViVA – Big Screen Proms:
Phil Higgins of K-motion  interviewed conductor André de Ridder and violin soloist Ilya Gringolts performing with sinfonia ViVA for a quick teaser video which was played in the intro of a live broadcast on the big screen Derby.  Presented by Aleena Naylor form BBC radio Derby, the quick turn-around project was well received and gave the audience an insight into the musicians and with performances of Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, Schumann’s Violin Concerto and the world premiere of Larry Goves’s Orchestral Short composition which has been specially commissioned by sinfonia ViVA.

See video here