Green fields and blue skies on the South Downs Way

The SDW inspires music and word.

21st November 2016

The South Downs and the South Downs Way can claim to be the inspiration for many a work of art. The latest is a colabouration between composer Damien Montague and actor Hugh Bonneville can be seen in the below video.

South Downs National Park colleague Nick Heasman explains the the project. 

"Last Sunday the world premiere live performance of ‘In A South Downs Way’ was provided to an audience of 700 at the Minerva Theatre Chichester. The production consisted of conversation, poetry and music inspired by the South Downs National Park and proved extremely popular as tickets sold out in 4 hours. The cast included local composer Damian Montagu, brass player and former Paul Weller sideman, Stewart Prosser, the Tippett Quartet, actor Christopher Timothy and local actor Hugh Bonneville. Countryside and Policy Manager, Nick Heasman assisted by presenting an insight into the geography of the South Downs National Park as well as assisting in editing the script.

All proceeds were donated to The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum and Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

The album In A South Downs Way includes the single, The Path Towards Tomorrow, which went straight to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical chart after Hugh chose it as one of his tracks on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. The recently released album, which itself topped the Official Specialist Classical Chart, is the inaugural work of a project entitled Walk Upon England, which celebrates the countryside as a source of creativity in music and spoken word. Composer Damien Montague was inspired by walks in the South Downs National Park with his dog!"

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