Scanner at Durham Brass Festival

6 - 22 July 2012
Produced by: 
Durham Brass Festival

Witness - Durham Brass Festival 2012

Sound and Music commissioned Scanner's Floral Derrangement for last year's Durham Brass Festival. Presented on the award-winning ARUP designed Kingsgate footbridge, the piece used a recording of 'The Floral Dance,' processing and stretching it to nearly 130 times its original length to create something ethereal, languid and epic as visitors walked across.

After the success of Floral Derrangement, we're proud to co-commission a new piece by Scanner for this year's Durham Brass Festival: Witness. Playing on the idea of a kind of Chinese Whisper, Witness will see the one and only performance of Scanner’s original piece of music performed at Victor Pasmore’s iconic Apollo Pavilion, just once, to the first musician in a chain. The piece will then be passed on across the country from ‘witness’ to ‘witness,’ relying on their own memories of the piece instead of a manuscript or recording, exploring the idea of memory and interpretation and how we each translate, transform and process information through our own personalities, history and identity.

The work will take on a fresh character in each performance, dependent too upon the abilities of the specific musician, as well as mapping a journey across the landscape. Witness will migrate across the county before finally arriving in Durham City on the last weekend of the festival where the final group will perform their version of the piece as part of Streets of Brass.

Scanner on Witness:

The concept is remarkably simple. How well do we remember music on first listen and how much can we recall? Can you hum the melody of a song you just heard a moment ago? How about a week later or even a month?

I would like Witness to be as inclusive as possible, drawing on a range of skill bases, ages and experience, and most significantly to be engaging and entertaining.

I would hope that ultimately projects such as this can assist in the development of a new language of performance and interactivity with an audience. It can lead to new possibilities for combining technologies, stronger collaborations, and new ways to unfold a musical narrative. I wish to offer back to the public engaging work of an emotional and imaginative nature and language.

A full schedule for Witness can be found at the right of the page.


In this project

In Partnership with


Saturday 23rd June - 15.00  
Apollo Pavilion, Peterlee   
Spennymoor Town Band    

Saturday 7th July - 11.30   
Seaham Academy
The Seaham Academy String Quartet    

Monday 9th July - 18.00    
Teesdale Hub
Teesdale Hub Rock Band

Tuesday 10th July - 18.00    
Spennymore Town Hall
East Durham College Production Group    

Thursday 12th July - 18.00    
Auckland Castle, Co. Durham
Duncan Brown   

Friday 13th July - 18.00    
St Mary’s Parish Hall, Barnard Castle

Saturday 21st July - 13.00   
Streets of Brass, Millennium Place    
Beat n Blow 


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