The Unplugged Project: Winning the Clay
3 & 4 June 2011
Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwal

Performance times: 3 June: 4pm | 4 June: 1pm, 4pm
Performances last half an hour and are free, but an entry ticket to the Eden Project is required.

In the year of Eden’s 10th birthday, musicians from across Cornwall create and perform an ambitious ensemble work, written and directed by acclaimed composer Tim Sutton. Unplugged is a zero carbon event. Performed in the daylight across the Outdoor Biome, the piece uses no electro amplification and exploits the former clay pit’s natural acoustics.

Working with local organisations, choirs and music groups, participants include singers from the Eden Choir, Blazing Heart Chorus, The Fifty Degrees, Kernow Voice and Imerys Male Voice Choir, and players from Bombrassa, Big Beat, the BBC Proms Cornwall Family Orchestra and the Seriously AwEful Symphonia.

The music, inspired by Cornwall’s folk traditions and mining history, evokes connections between Eden’s origins, community and environment.
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Slow Origins

Unplugged is the first Slow Art project to enter the public programme at Eden. At the beginning of 2010, Tim Sutton joined Cape Farewell producer, Vicky Long at Eden to explore the possibility of creating a site-wide acoustic musical event.

Tim and Vicky spent time talking to staff, walking the site and, with local musicians, testing its acoustics. They found that sound travelled beautifully and Unplugged was then planned as a daylight performance, positioning performers across site (brass players around the perimeter, percussion in the centre and voices in between), creating a third dome at Eden; a temporary structure, light on resources, built with sound.

Tim works as a composer and musical director in the fields of theatre, classical and choral music. He is particularly interested in large-scale collaborative works, bringing together disparate and contrasting musical forces. Composition for theatre and choir includes The Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse & and Birmingham Rep), Dreamfighter (Scottish Ensemble & Lichfield Festival) The Bacchae (Edinburgh International Festival and Lincoln Center Festival New York).

Unplugged is supported by TippingPoint, PRS Foundation and Arts Council England.
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Arts Council England, PRS Foundation for Music and TippingPoint Commissions

In 2012 the project was shortlisted for an RPS Award of the Royal Philharmonic Society.