Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Truly Magical Mix of Music and Art

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Truly Magical Mix of Music and Art

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The AniMotion Show, Durham Cathedral THIS was something new and very beautiful for an Easter evening and hopefully it won't be the last we see of it here.

AniMotion is the brainchild of Maria Rud, a British-based Russian artist schooled in animation techniques.

Blessed with the ability to paint fast and freely, she makes pictures to live music - supplied here by percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, flute player David Heath and DJ Dolphin Boy.

Following earlier, successful performances at the National Museum of Scotland and St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, this was the first one south of the border. It was also the first out of doors.

It would be hard to think of a more evocative North East location than The Cloister of Durham Cathedral and the square of grass enclosed within.

As dusk fell, the cathedral's Canon Rosalind Brown explained that for 500 years, until 1539, this was where the monks would do their washing, grow herbs and enjoy a little recreation between their daily duties of worshipping and educating.

She reckoned they would have enjoyed The AniMotion Show, the first performance of any kind to have taken place here in living memory.

The audience, small yet expectant, were advised that they could sit, stand or wander. A "tender fusion of art, music and architecture" was in the offing and it would be "a very relaxed affair".

As dusk fell, a lone bat flitted against the cathedral walls and the bells of another church rode faintly on the air.

Then the show, perhaps best described as an audio-visual concert, began.

Dame Evelyn, on African marimba, began with a gentle but hauntingly beautiful melody from her position within the far cloister.

Beneath a gazebo on the grass, Maria started to paint on her lightbox and, as she did so, her deft marks appeared on the wall of the Chapter House above the percussionist's head. …

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