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Little Baroque Company commissioned poet Helen Mort, composer William Carslake and film director Richard Jones. Concert piece and education project.
Little Baroque Company commissioned poet Helen Mort, composer William Carslake and film director Richard Jones. Concert piece and education project.
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A performance piece and an education project about glacial warming in Greenland. Launching at festivals, schools and conferences in 2017. 

Baroque orchestra LBC (www.littlebaroqueco.com) are commissioning composer-traveller William Carslake (www.soundcloud.com/billcarslake, https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-carslake-bb759475), poet Helen Mort (www.helenmort.com) and film director Richard Jones to create a piece for orchestra, silent film and spoken poetry, inspired by their fieldwork in Greenland. Performances will be preceded by a short talk and audio film. LBC will also deliver an education programme in schools local to each performance.

Helen Kruger of LBC and William Carslake: see the video!

Helen Mort, poet: 'Having previously worked with Cape Farewell to promote artistic responses to climate change, I'm hugely excited by the prospect of responding to the shrinking East Greenland glaciers through poetry, in partnership with a composer and musicians. It is hard to find words for the fate and future of our planet, and that's exactly why we should try.'

In August 2016 Helen (Mort) and William will go on an expedition to climb the remote glaciers and mountains near Sermiligaaq Fjord in southeastern Greenland to gather inspiration and footage. They will be joined later by Richard who will film glaciers and interview local Inuit. The first pilot performance will be at Sands Films London in Winter/Spring 2016/17 (thank you Olivier and all at Sands for generously supporting us in kind!). We are in discussion with a major UK university about the second pilot performance. We will then premiere in summer 2017 and are negotiating with UK and Irish music festivals. 

William, Helen and Richard are self-funding the expedition which comes in at over £5000 each for Helen and William and £1200 for Richard. Your support will cover the cost of the flights and the mountaineering insurance, i.e. get them there and back safely! Your support will also fund the creative collaboration with LBC which starts in earnest when they return, and the design and web marketing. So your help will: elevate us (literally!), energise us as we collaborate, and make the project look beautiful so that it reaches the widest audience.

We have a fantastic team and we'd LOVE you to be a part of it. Kickstarter really is about being involved, even actively! See our ‘Rewards' column for creative events where you can give your feedback, plus other rewards like music lessons, signed books/scores, climbing trips and more! We'll stay in touch and hope to see you at a workshop, pilot performance or the premiere! Meantime, knowing that you're behind us will put a spring in our step :)

Thank you!!

Helen, Helen, Richard and William

Breakdown. Your support will cover:

Flights to and from Greenland

British Mountaineering Council insurance

Collaborative sessions with LBC orchestra, including venue hire

Design and web marketing

Meanwhile.. the pilot performance and development session at the UK university will be funded by the university: £3,500

The premier at the UK festival in 2017 will be funded by the festival: £2,600

We are pushing ahead with charitable trust applications and corporate backing to cover the commission fees and contingency: £3,350

Budget total: £15,400

(Project photo of breaking glacier: copyright Slobodan Dimitrov / 123RF Stock Photo)

Risks and challenges

We need to raise £3,350 from charitable trusts and corporate sponsors for the rest of the commission fees and for the contingency sum. We're confident that once the music festivals are lined up this will be an attractive project for them to attach their name to. We already have contacts lined up, including in Denmark (Greenland is a Danish protectorate). From our initial conversation with a major music festival in the UK we are confident that other music festivals will be interested. There are always many unknowns in negotiating with UK festivals and schools to arrange performances and education programmes, but LBC and the team are very experienced in both regards (see biographies).

The weather in Greenland can be a challenge, notably the katabatic winds. Come what may, we will get plenty of footage, and go as high as we can to get the great aerial shots of the glacial systems, as well as descending inside them. We are joined by Matt Spenceley, a very experienced and qualified mountain guide who has climbed in Greenland many times.

We are all experienced in pulling together the inspiration, the contacts and the funding. We aim to create a well-structured work which is immersive and inspiring for the audience.

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    Come climbing!

    Come climbing!! Come climbing with William Carslake in the London area. Whether you're a total novice or way better than him (very likely) we can have a great session at any of: The Reach in Woolwich, The Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey or Fairlop Waters Outdoor Boulder Park. If you're a beginner you will have to have an induction at The Reach but it doesn't take long. Date is completely flexible! If Helen is in London of course she'll come too.

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    An informal performance on piano of the piece so far, with William Carslake playing, Helen Mort reciting and Richard Jones projecting the silent film. In London. This will be the first time we have performed the draft version of the complete thing and we'll be asking you for feedback. Come and be a part of the process! We'll find a date you can all manage in the spring of 2016. Other halves welcome.

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    First Sponsors Supper and music session in London. We'll find a date that all three of you can do. Please bring your other half / a friend and come and meet as many of the team as we can get together. We'll do home-cooked food followed by a music session with piano, fiddles and stories from the expedition! It'll be a night to remember!!

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    Travelling troubadour

    A travelling pianist / singer!! Your very own troubadour! Book William Carslake to come and play / sing for you. You might want a short recital, a sing-along, or some background music for a dinner. If it's in the UK and we can arrange it well in advance the travel's on us. If it's abroad you'll have to pay the travel please!

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    Peak District day

    A unique day in the Peak District, during winter, walking with Helen Mort, poet, and William Carslake, composer. Travel (within the UK) and food provided. Discussing the poetry and word-setting; a signed copy of one of Helen's draft poems for the project and a signed copy of her collection, 'Division Street'. A digital copy of the film and music in progress. Optional fell-running or climbing! Date flexible. Four tickets to the pilot performance in Spring 2017.

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    Dedicatee. Guest(s) of honour.

    Named as commissioner(s) in the dedication for the score. Name(s) on all publicity and press releases. A signed manuscript of the final score by William Carslake. A signed manuscript of the final poems by Helen Mort. A signed copy of the final short film by Richard Jones. Four tickets to the pilot performance in Spring 2017. Five tickets to the premiere in Summer 2017. Guest(s) of honour at the party after the premiere.

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