‹ Back to What's On The Height of the Reeds: A Sound Journey for the Humber Bridge

1 - 30 Apr 2017

Head on over to the Humber Bridge, put on a set of our headphones and disappear into a sound adventure, walking the epic span of the Bridge with a world of sound in your ears. 

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Opera North
The Height of the Reeds
​By Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang and Eivind Aarset

Music by Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, guitarist Eivind Aarset and electronic wizard Jan Bang gives way to the vast sound of the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North; threaded through with the deep music of the Bridge itself, captured by Hull based sound artist Jez riley French. Spoken voices: Maureen Lipman, Barrie Rutter, Katie Smith.

Evoking both the long history of sea travel from Hull, and the Bridge as a powerful symbol of home, The Height of the Reeds is an unforgettable experience in sound.

Celebrate the opening weekend (1 & 2 Apr) with us, with unexpected surprises and extra treats along the way.

1 – 2 Apr 2017
Tickets: £7.50

3 – 31 Apr 2017
Tickets: Free, but should be booked in advance

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May
Tickets: £2.50 – £4

The walk is a minimum of 3 miles, as the Humber Bridge is the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world that it is possible to cross by foot. Please do make sure you dress for rain, wind and shine as the weather can change at a moment's notice.

Teaser trailer


Creative Team
  • System Designer Arnaud Mercier
  • Conductor Justin Doyle
  • Sound Recording Jamie Saye, Jez riley French
  • Spoken Voices Barrie Rutter, Maureen Lipman, Katie Smith
  • Production Manager Jane Earnshaw
  • For Opera North Jo Nockels
  • For Hull 2017 Martin Atkinson

Click on the venue below to plan your visit.


Find Us

Humber Bridge Tourist Information Centre
North Bank Viewing Area
Ferriby Road
HU13 0LN

What you say

Comment from Dr Jonathan Lageard


Dr Jonathan Lageard said ago

Very much enjoyed visiting the Humber Bridge on 16th April 2017 with my family and experiencing Height of the Reeds. The weather was a little cold / windy, but largely sunny affording fantastic views of the vast expanses of the estuary.

The sound walk was an excellent blend of music, readings and sound recordings providing wonderful opportunities for reflection and inner thoughts. An overwhelming and yet peaceful experience.

One comment that I would like to make is that the Height of the Reeds focused me personally on general contemplation of the environmental setting. On the south shore there is a small patch of reeds to the east of the Bridge, but apart from this the shorelines appeared devoid of this habitat. How fitting would it be as a legacy of this excellent project if reedbeds were once more encouraged to form a dancing fringe to the estuary?

Congratulations to all those involved for creating such a memorable experience to celebrate Hull as the UK City of Culture.

A University of Hull graduate from the 1980s.

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