‘Haze’ by Helen Caddick is inspired by the JMW Turner: Adventures in Colour exhibition at Turner Contemporary.
Selecting 5 paintings, taken from across 20 years in Turner’s lifetime, Helen’s creation of ‘Haze’, a musical composition has been documented by Phil Miller.
You can now watch the film charting her journey as a composer from initial thoughts to performance and recording, in the gallery until 8th January 2017.
Reacting to the sumptuous colours and use of light Turner employed in his work, as well as the rhythm and atmosphere she sensed when viewing selected artworks in the JMW Turner: Adventures in Colour exhibition, composer Helen Caddick has created a new Septet entitled Haze and Performed by CantiaQuorum, one of the UK’s most exciting ensembles.
On selecting the 5 paintings, Helen threaded them together to form a fictional narrative of a sailing boat journeying around the east coast. In three sections, the opening ‘Whispering Silence’ (“Blue Moonlight over yellow sands’) serves as prelude to ‘Set Sail for the Sun’ where the sailing boat begins it’s journey, moving through choppy to calm waters, (‘A Sailing Boat off Deal’) darkening skies, rough seas, (A Boat and a Red Buoy on a rough sea) and storm (‘Storm off the East Coast’) before we reach a final sunset (‘Sunset over the Sea’), the last movement and namesake of this piece, ‘Haze’.
[Source: Turner Contemporary]