Andrew Potterton's City Chimes

MA student creates playable public artwork

Alumnus and MA Composition student Andrew Potterton (BA Music Production 2004) debuted his 'City Chimes' project – a public instrument which he created in collaboration with West Yorkshire Playhouse – at Leeds Light Night in October 2014.

Made from reclaimed metal, 'City Chimes' is a giant wind chime which is designed for members of the public to play, whether or not they're musicians. Supported by the SHINE emerging artist programme, the instrument was designed by Andrew and built by the technical team at WYP.

“Wind chimes have a long and varied history in a range of cultures and locations. It’s a fun and creative piece suitable for all ages, and it’s an interesting object to both listen to and look at,” says Andrew, who is also a tutor on the Music Business pathway and BTEC Music Technology course at the conservatoire.

Inviting passing audiences to play the chimes with wooden hammers, the piece allows people to explore one of the oldest musical instruments in the world and create their own sounds.

City Chimes made its public debut at Leeds Light Night on 3 October, in the grounds of St John The Evangelist Church in Leeds city centre. It then moved next to York Minster, where it formed part of the Illuminating York 2014 festival with SPARK. The piece has now returned to partner venue West Yorkshire Playhouse where Andrew is making recordings and processing the sounds for his MA course work.


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