River festival choir
Music professionals and singers from the local communities came together at
choirworkshops in Monmouth, Llandogo and Ross on Wye to create a cascade of
sound for the River Festival. Helen Vincent from Singplicity and Ellie Holliday used
their musical virtuosity to mould the singers, some who came from other choirs and
some who had never sung in public before, into a Festival sound. They perform their
watery repertoire at the Hereford launch, Monmouth and the Chepstow finale.
Artists Becky Prior and Faye Joines visited 11
schools across Monmouthshire,Herefordshire
and the Forest of Dean, following up the
Citizen Science work.They helped the students
create large double-sided flags that referenced
the water life around the Wye Valley.
The designs were made using Cyanotype (also
called blue/sun) printing which has created the
fabulous Festival flags.
These outreach projects involves countryside professionals from the Wye Valley
AONB; Wye and Usk Foundation; Forestry Commission; Environment Agency; Gwent Wildlife Trust; Welsh
Water; OPAL; Monmouthshire County Council; Herefordshire Wildlife Trust; Hewelsfield and Brockweir
Parish Grasslands Project; Herefordshire Mammal Group and the Marine Conservation Society.
Several of the schools involved in this outreach programme have a special Mini Serai visit from one of the
travelling caravans; the Caravan of Fact and Wonder, the Caravan of Curiosities and Hydrosities, the
Caravan of Myths and Legends and The River A&E Laboratory.
If the entire world’s water were poured into a 4 litre jug, the fresh water
available for us would equal only about one tablespoon