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Monday, 8 August 2016

Newcastle and Gateshead: Playing the Skyline; Kathryn Tickell and Hannabiell Sanders; BBC Radio 4

Some wonderful music imspired by the skyline of Newcastle and Gateshead

"In the first of this new series Kathryn Tickell and Hannabiell Sanders turn the skyline of Newcastle into music. At the old Baltic flour mill by the Tyne they look upstream, where the great curves of the Sage Concert Hall and the bridges meet, to be end-stopped by the square solidity of the castle, from which the city gets its name".

Hannabiell Sander's finished work from 15.50 point

Kathryn Tickell's finished work from 22.00 point.

Kathryn Tickell is steeped in the traditional music of Northumberland. She plays the region's indigenous instrument, the Northumbrian Smallpipes. So her music, she says, "always speaks in the accent of the Northeast."

Hannabiell Sanders' accent is very different. Her father is Jamaican and she was born in the American South. How would she describe her music? "Psychedelic Afro-funk jazz fusion!"

Previous Episodes

I wish there was a good CD recording of Graham Collier's composition inspired by the island of Paxos, Greece. It's in three parts, like Kathryn Tickell's composition (The Sage, The Bridges, The Castle). Graham Collier's "Paxos" three-part composition: Lakka, Logos and Gaios.

I have an old cassette recording of a live concert recording.

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