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Refugium: Time, Stone, Voice and Sound

Creswell Crags
Crags Road
S80 3LH

Tel: +44(0)1909 720378

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Refugium: Time, Stone, Voice and Sound

Saturday 26 August 2017 from 5.30pm

Ice Age Music Rocks Famous Crags

This summer the dramatic limestone gorge of Creswell Crags will be brought to life by the performance of a new and unique musical composition.  On 26 August 2017 ‘Refugium’ will unveil their spectacular production to the public with a free family event, inspired by the sounds of the creatures that lived in the Crags over 10,000 years ago.

Echoes from the Prehistoric world will emanate from deep within the ferns, rocks and caves to create a 3D, surround sound environment.  A specially commissioned live choral performance by Stonegate Singers, will interweave with the sound effects to fill the natural auditorium created by the twin cliffs of the spectacular gorge.

This free performance is a collaborative event between Creswell Heritage Trust, composer Jon Hughes and academics from the University of York. 

Paul Baker, director at Creswell Crags, commented: “Working with the Refugium team has been a rare and exciting opportunity and I certainly think audience are in for a treat. Our famous caves would have once echoed with the sounds of early man and Neanderthals making tools and hunting, and this performance will bring this period in history to life as part of a musical performance.”

The team have been given special permission to use sounds from the British Library’s historic audio archive and their state of the art technology will amplify this immersive musical experience to the audience gathered around the internationally renowned caves.

As well as the unique historic collection of animal and bird calls, Hughes has utilised sounds associated with activities carried out by humans in Creswell’s past; people making fire, working stone, carving animals in limestone, butchering meat, eating, laughing, crying, shouting, and whispering. These all form the bedrock of this unique choral performance.

Creswell Crags is world famous for featuring the only Ice Age cave art in the UK and for being the most northerly outpost of Neanderthal man in Europe. This performance will bring this ancient place to life using the latest sound technology.

This free performance commences at 5.30pm until 7.30pm at the west end of the gorge.

Participants are invited to meet at the Visitor Centre in advance. Further information can be found on the Creswell Crags website at or phone 01909 720378.

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