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Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Brunel, Bristol and the South West

Throughout 2005 and 2006 we posted here Brunel 200 news stories and press releases. You can visit the archives below. There is a further showcase of events that took place as part of Brunel 200 in the Education and Learning section.

News Archive 2006 Part 1:

To view the News Archive 2006 Part 2 click here.
To view the News Archive 2005 click here.

NOVA group sculpture trail, Cumberland Basin, Bristol

Nova Sculpture trail

Saturday 16th September saw the unveiling of the latest addition to the NOVA group’s sculpture trail around the Cumberland Basin. Working with the Enamel Studio at the University of West of England (UWE), the group has recreated posters, hand bills and information sheets in a suitably Victorian type style to be installed on the notice board next to the Lock Master’s office at the end of the Cumberland Basin – the first land fall visitors reach when they sail into the port of Bristol.

The enamel tiles which make up the full image have now been temporarily removed for a final kiln-firing at UWE School of Art & Design. They will be permanently re-installed in the next couple of weeks.

For the interim, NOVA has installed a full-scale vinyl print of the image.

Also: special announcement
For the two weekends 23/24 Sept and 30 Sept/1 Oct, the NOVA soundscape under Plimsoll Bridge is to be re-activated (10am to 8pm). Best listening location is Brunel's swivel bridge. The piece is an adapted version of that which formed part of the Brunel 200 supported 'eleven minutes' trail earlier in the summer. It now includes, by special permission, some material composed by Brian Eno, as part of the 'Clock of the Long Now' Project. The Long Now Foundation has also assisted NOVA with some other elements of the 'elevenminutes' trail.

Show of Strength Theatre Company –
theatre on a railway station near you!

Bristol’s Show Of Strength Theatre Company, The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and Theatre Royal Plymouth have joined forces to put theatre on railway stations across the South West. Part of Brunel 200, and celebrating the 200th birthday of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, this innovative new project will create three new short theatre pieces about the great engineer. And where better to see them than on Brunel’s very own Great Western Railway? For two weeks, starting on Monday 2 October, the plays can be seen on stations in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol, Bath, Plymouth and Newton Abbot. Performances will be every day, Monday - Friday and focus on the late afternoon and early evening when people are travelling home from work.

Each theatre is working with a writer to create a ten-minute piece, featuring Brunel and one other character. Rehearsals will take place in the three cities in September, and on Monday 2 October three new plays will open on Plymouth, Bristol Temple Meads, and Cheltenham Spa stations. Each play will then visit the other two partners’ stations, with Cheltenham also visiting Gloucester, Bristol visiting Bath, and Plymouth visiting Newton Abbot.

BRUNEL & PARTNERS is supported by Brunel 200, Arts Council England, and First Great Western. Sheila Hannon, Show Of Strength’s Creative Producer, said: ‘We’ve done theatre in some unusual places but never on railway stations, so we’re really excited. First Great Western and the stations themselves have been fantastically supportive, and we’re looking forward to a fascinating two weeks. The pieces will be short and very visual, and we hope travellers find time to stop and watch what’s going on, even if only for a couple of minutes.’

First Great Western spokesman Adrian Ruck says: "As the main beneficiary of Brunel's vision and hard work in building the Great Western Railway, First Great Western is absolutely delighted to be able to support this innovative Brunel 200 anniversary project. Railway stations are an important part of the communities they serve and exciting events like this help to forge closer links with local people."

For further information please contact:

Show of Strength, Bristol and Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham:
Sheila Hannon or Gill Loats T: 0117 902 0235

Theatre Royal, Plymouth:

Anne-Marie Clark, Press Officer T: 01752 230479
M: 07967 758118

Andy Sheppard
(credit Kevin Clifford, photographer and Arts Council of England South West)

Andy Sheppard's Dalston Saxophone Massive - Friday 10 November 2006

Remember the fantastic performance of The Living Bridge by Andy Sheppard with 200 saxophonists on stage at the Clifton Suspension Bridge on 8 April this year? Now The Living Bridge lives on…

In a new music project developed by Andy Sheppard’s agents, Serious International Music Producers working with Hackney Co-operative Development and The Vortex Jazz Club, the piece will be re-created for the launch of the regenerated Gillett Square in Dalston, Hackney, London.

The Living Bridge, re-named the Dalston Saxophone Massive, is an exciting live event which will provide the opportunity to play with the legendary UK saxophonist and composer Andy Sheppard as well as his collaborators - conductor and multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson, alto saxophonist James Morton and baritone saxophonist Tony Kofi.

Andy Sheppard's Dalston Saxophone Massive will be performed at 6pm on Friday 10 November 2006 and will celebrate the opening of Gillett Square in Dalston as well as being part of the London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3.

Serious, Hackney Co-operative Developments, and The Vortex Jazz Club are working together to recruit 200 saxophonists from all over London who will be available to rehearse and perform in October and November 2006.
Serious and The Vortex are joined by their vision for live music presentation in the fields of jazz, world and new music, and their commitment to artistic excellence is coupled by the desire to make their music and projects accessible to the widest possible audience.

If you know any talented saxophonists who would be interested in being part of this historic event in the London borough of Hackney, please find attached a
person specification and application form.

The closing date for all entries is Wednesday 4 October 2006.
If you have any queries regarding the project, please do not hesitate to contact Tamanna Verma on 0207 324 1880 or via:

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