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28 Feb - 15 Mar 2014

The isle is full of noises

'In the world of wildlife sound recording, Chris Watson is the daddyThe Guardian

Friday 28 February to Saturday 15 March
2pm - 8pm (runs on a 30 minute loop)
Open to the public Tuesdays - Saturdays

Hy Brasil is a mysterious, enchanted island, hidden in fog somewhere off the coast of Ireland. It reveals itself to human eye and ear just one day every seven years. This specially commissioned work by sound artist Chris Watson (BBC TV’s award-winning Frozen Planet), brings that day on Hy Brasil to life in an immersive sound installation.

Hy Brasil is composed of compelling wildlife sounds from around the world, drawing visitors deep into the haunting song of seals and the awe-inspiring shrieks of thousands of Manx shearwaters. With glorious ambi-sonic sound and beautiful lighting, lose yourself in the strange and magical world of Hy Brasil.

Tim Skelly - Lighting design
Tony Myatt - Spatial sound design and installation software programming  

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, The Emerald Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Audio equipment supported by Pro Audio

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Important Information

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc. and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

The Howard Assembly Room is located inside Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is situated on New Briggate in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking is available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.


What you say

Comment from Nick Collins


Nick Collins said ago

Truly an oasis of calm in a busy day.
On arriving I found several others festooned in and around a selection of deck chairs, and chose to join them, eyes closed of course.

As the sounds of the ocean, beaches and mountains carried me away, I felt an overwhelming calm, so vivid that I was mildly surprised to find myself where I had started each time I opened my eyes.

Definitely worth a visit on a lunchbreak or after a long day at work.

Comment from Peter McDonagh


Peter McDonagh said ago

Arts and Minds visited today. Here is the poem that I have written:

North Atlantic waters (that dry my tears)

Window on evolution
Challenge to my delusion
Of creation’s hold on incarnation
Wild sense of isolation

Wailing whale’s connexion
Of all emotion screeching
Screams of desperation
Like mewling pups in straw

Peter McDonagh, Leeds, March 2014

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