Art on the Hill is a local Newport Festival celebrating art in the city. It takes place every November.
Operasonic has hosted the following events at Art on the Hill.
Find out more on the Art on the Hill website
AOTH 2019 – Re-Sounding Turmoil
Six pieces inspired by protest presented by Operasonic and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Saturday 23rd November 2019 at The Westgate Hotel, Newport
THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
BY ELLA ROBERTS
The Voice of the People explores the Chartist Rebellion and links
it to events impacting today’s political climate. These themes are
explored through original sound and visual, incorporating the
poem ‘The Voice of the People’ by WHC which featured in The
Northern Star, a Chartist Newspaper.
THE PEOPLE’S DEMANDS
BY NATHAN LUCK
This piece takes the six key policies of the Charter and explores
them sonically, whilst reflecting on today’s political climate.
BY NATALIE ROE
One explores how a protest begins with just one person speaking
out and how change would not occur without this happening. The projections also symbolise this, and are distorted and changed as viewers walk in front of them, changing the way others see them.
BY ETHNIE FOULKES
Llef (to cry out) is a work for voice, drums and electronics. It focuses on the on-going journey of protest and political participation, featuring voices from the Newport community in discussion about political activism.
BY NIAMH O’DONNELL
Inspired by the Charter, this piece uses samples from infamous
moments in the UK Parliament over the last three years, transforming them into beats. Alongside these political ‘beats’, a solo drum becomes the voice of the people fighting against them.
CÂN I’R SIARTER CASNEWYDD
BY ELLA PENN
This piece was created using a soundscape and recordings of
singers from RWCMD. The vocal part is based on a transcription of a dramatic reading of the six parts of The People’s Charter and
accompanied by visuals taken at the 2019 Torch Lit March.
AOTH 2018 – Echoes of Swimming
A memory of Stow Hill Baths through sound
Saturday 24th November 2018
The Gap Centre, Stow Hill
The Newport Corporation Baths were originally opened in 1890 by the Mayor of Newport and for nearly a century it flourished. In 1984 the Baths was closed. But echoes of swimming can still be heard. Operasonic brings the Baths back to life through sound for Art on the Hill 2018.
Created through collaboration with Year 4 pupils from St Woolos Primary School and facebook users with composer Kirsten Evans and Creative Director Rhian Hutchings.