National Trust

"I collaborated with Jay Harris on a sound installation for National Trust property, Leith Hill Place – telling the life story of composer Vaughan Williams through narration, sound and music. His expertise and attention to detail in sourcing the relevant sounds to enhance the script, editing and installing was fantastic and really brought my vision to life. It is a major part of our interpretation experience and has received glowing comments from visitors. It was an ambitious project for a listed building on a short timescale and was not without its problems! Jay was very flexible and accommodating, addressing the challenges calmly and with great care and delivering a bespoke installation that really works in the space."-- Gabrielle Gale, Visitor Operations Manager, Leith Hill Place

At Leith Hill Place, a National Trust property, I was tasked with designing, recording audio for and installing a multi-room audio tour. The tour consists of three rooms and a corridor controlled through wi-fi by a remote. The volunteer guide ushers the public into room one and then room two. When the monologue for room two completes, Vaughan Wiliiams' music comes to the fore along with the sounds of the First World War dramatically exploding in the adjoining corridor. As people walk through the surround-sound corridor, the noise of battle starts to die down at the same time as some of Vaughan Williams' music increases in volume in the final room. This crescendo leads in to the emotive finale telling the tale of Vaughan Williams' death.

Leith Hill Place won the Chairman’s Award at the 2014 National Trust conference ‘Bringing Places to Life’ and my contribution went a long way toward the winning of such fantastic recognition.