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My lockdown show, made with cellist Maja Bugge with scientists Helen F. Wilson and Tone Reiertsen about Kittiwakes moving into cities and how that is in indicator of warming oceans and changing weather patterns – increased summer storms and species on the move. Shows: Festspillen Nord Norge in Tromso, Norway – June 24th. Cheltenham Music Festival online – 7th July.

Cellist Maja Bugge and Sarah Nicolls, performing on her unique inside-out piano, issue a digital yet immersive wake-up call on the urgency of the climate crisis. Ballad for a changing world combines emotionally-charged music with learning about kittiwakes – birds which are on the move due to climate change – and Maja and Sarah’s attempts to make a show in lockdown.  This is a show about adaptation.  We learn through conversations with scientists in Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK and Tromso, Norway and by viewing the birds, the music and the sometimes hilarious attempts to live-by-zoom.

This piece began its life at Snape Maltings Residencies and receives its UK premiere at Cheltenham, as a co-commission with Arctic Arts Festival in Norway.

Ballad of a Changing World
Ballad of a Changing World