In June 2015 City Eye began a new collaboration with New Dimensions, the Hampshire-wide music initiative led by Anvil Arts and Turner Sims. Delivering projects in specific locations, New Dimensions works with composers and musicians to commission new music which involves local people and celebrates communities.
The Songs for Wild Horses project began in 2014 when Nils Økland and Øyvind Skarbø were invited by New Dimensions to work with local musicians based at Coda Music Centre. Since then they have collaborated with the Songs for Wild Horses Ensemble and Coda Community Singing Group to devise the new suite of music which will be premiered on Sunday 4 October at The Treehouses, Beaulieu.
Inspired by the landscape and stories of the New Forest and Norway, Songs for Wild Horses presents a contemporary response to the musical and oral traditions of these places. The piece includes arrangements of traditional Norwegian songs, and the ‘Songs for Wild Horses’ song written by Bob Burke and members of Coda Music Centre.
Along the way City Eye has documented both workshops at Coda Music Centre and 'pop-up' performances by Nils and Øyvind on the beach at Barton on Sea and at The Observatory, Keyhaven.
Songs for Wild Horses - Film Screening
Forest Arts Centre
Saturday 19 March 2016
Forest Arts Centre was the perfect venue for this reunion and premiere screening attended by so many who had been involved.
Sadly Nils and Øyvind, due to their busy performance schedule, were unable to join members of the Wild Horses performance and production team at a special screening of the October performance film and the project documentary. You can watch each of the films below.