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For the past few months, Susan Stneger, in collaboration with the AV Festival, has been working on an ambitious sound installation based on a diagram of coastal geological formations from the RIVER Tyne to the Scottish border. The diagrams were drawn by local mining engineer Nicholas Wood in 1838 and have formed the basis of a 59-minute score by Stenger, layering instrumental sounds, patterns and influences from traditional Northumbrian music.

As the project winds down, there doesn’t seem like any better place to host a closing concert than the stunning environment of Holy Island, where Stenger and others will be performing in the coastguard Lookout Tower. Stenger herself will be performing a brand new work alongside elements created for Sound Strata, and she’s joined by the Andy May Trio, Sam Gleaves and Cath and Phil Tyler for a chilled, folk music experience.

If you’re travelling from further south and want to catch the afternoon performance, the team behind the event have even been kind enough to put on a coach to make sure people get to the island and leave in time (just to avoid that pesky tide!) But really, it’s just another reason why this unique performance will be truly unmissable.

The Sound Strata closing concert takes place on Holy Island on Saturday 5th September.

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