"JUMP is a marvellous musical rendition of the sounds of nature." – Audience feedback

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Mon 24 Jun 2024
Tue 25 Jun 2024
Fri 28 Jun 2024
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Sat 13 Jul 2024
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Sun 24 Nov 2024

Jump - Trailer

Once upon a time in a meadow far away...the joint was jumping with life. Insects were calling, frogs croaking, the sounds of summer. But this symphony of small voices is rapidly being silenced.

A celebration of nature and a call to arms, in JUMP, field recordings of insects and amphibians become part of an exciting musical score, taking audiences on an enchanting musical journey into their world.

Written and performed by the hugely talented Karen Wimhurst, Karen introduces the audience to 9 creatures including crickets, grasshoppers and toads.

Each movement opens with a close imitation of the creature’s song, to be joined by Karen on live multi-tracked clarinet for a work that draws on classical and jazz in a hugely engaging duet.

Beautiful, vibrant videos, drawing on close up images of the amazing creatures heard in the music and created by multi-media artist Sonia Killmann, will accompany the performance.

JUMP is an act of artistic engagement with these disappearing voices, a moment of reimagining our human selves. Inspired as merely one small voice within nature's vast soundscape.

Let’s move into a world in which we all leap, bound, hop, bounce, skip, bob, caper, trill, whirr, croak, buzz, chirp, squeak, chirrup and jump for joy with the best of them.

Many precious voices across the globe are vanishing fast. Hold on to them for dear life.

Jump is a musical collaboration between composer Karen Wimhurst, entomologist (insect expert) Peter Smithers hon. FRES and bio acoustician Charlie Woodrow.

Produced by Sound UK. Funded by Arts Council England.


Bush cricket Supersonus aequoreus (and friends): This bush cricket produces the most ultrasonic love song known in nature, the males singing to females at a frequency far exceeding the limit of human hearing - 150 kHz.

Bush cricket Prophalangopsis obscura: Found in 1869 and unseen alive since, this species represents a unique member of a group of bush-cricket relatives which were dominant during the Jurassic.

Bog Bush Cricket Metrioptera barachyptera: This cricket is most abundant in southern areas of the UK. It is found in damp habitats in lowland areas

Midwife toad Alytes obstetricans: An introduced species that has established at a small number of sites across the east of the UK

SE Asian field cricket Teleogryllus emma: Known as Emma Koorogi. This cricket is common infields and other areas with short vegetation across SE Asia. It is often collected for its song.

Lesser mottled grasshopper Stenobothrus stigmaticus: This is a common grasshopper across the UK that is found in habitats with short vegetation and bare ground.

Cicada Neotibicen winnemanna: Known as Dog Day cicadas. A North American species that lives in deciduous woodland. The nymphal cicadas spend the autumn and winter underground emerging as adults in the summer.

Common toad Bufo bufo: This species is widespread in the UK and can be found in a broad range of habitats.

Poolfrog Pelophylax lessonae: This species occurs in a small number of sites in south eastern England. It prefers groups of small ponds in open woodland. The native populations had become extinct but a reintroduction program is underway.

Karen Wimhurst Homo sapiens: Often seen in summer in her native habitat, swimming in the River Stour Dorset or emerging with a clarinet in various locations in the UK and beyond.

About Karen Wimhurst:

Karen Wimhurst is a widely commissioned composer, performer and workshop leader. She has been commissioned by Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Grimethorpe Brass Band, Welsh National Opera, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and non-arts organisations including the Museum of Design in Plastics and University of Plymouth. Karen is a highly experienced educator. Her work has been the subject of Lillian Baylis Lecture, ENO, Radio 3 and 4 features and documentaries. She specialises in teaching composition across the board, opening up creative resources which people may never have imagined. She has run programmes for English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Wigmore Hall and the War Museum to name but a handful.

Sonia Killmann is an international composer and multi- media artist from Belgium. As a saxophone player, electronic musician, and audiovisual artist, she has performed across the UK and Europe and has recently been nominated for best electronic artist 2022 at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards. Sonia also creates visuals for other sonic material and has collaborated with the Royal Northern at Sage Gateshead in November 2021 and March 2022. In March 2022, they performed alongside Annabelle Playe on Ad Astra with audio-reactive visuals in Sinfonia on a classical concert Cryptic's Sonica 2022 festival.

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