Four Seasons is a series of candlelit concerts to celebrate each season in words and music in the chapel at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Curated by cellist Matt Sharp, the performances mix classical and contemporary music with poetry reflecting the season in question; from Vivaldi and Piazzolla to Yenakis, Purcell, Schoenberg and Robert Jonson. The performances took place in the beautiful, intimate surroundings of the Chapel, giving the performance a unique setting and atmosphere.
Over two years eight concerts saw a blisteringly imaginative range of music and poetry celebrating the seasons.
Matthew Sharp has performed at major venues and festivals worldwide as a solo cellist, bass-baritone vocalist and actor. He has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Ural Philharmonic, performed principal roles for ROH2, Opera North and the Young Vic, as well as solo performances at Latitude and Glastonbury. As a writer, composer and performer, he collaborates regularly with leading artists from film, theatre and dance.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, welcoming over 300,000 visitors each year. YSP seeks to provide a centre of international, national and regional importance for the production, exhibition and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture. Many inspirational elements are combined to create a unique and exceptional balance of art, heritage, learning, space and landscape.
Oliver Coates curated our Winter 2012 concert. Oliver is an award winning composer and cellist and resident artist at the Southbank Centre, London. Oliver performs classical and new music as well as writing and recording electronic music for installations and collaborative projects. He contributed to the music of the film 'Battle in Seattle', and he's worked with Massive Attack, Goldie, Ben Frost, Sigur Ros, Micachu and the Shapes, Shlomo, Mira Calix and Gurrumul.
Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter 2010-2011
Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter 2011-2012