Our third and final week of our Festival explores horticulture, botanicals and the beautiful power of our ‘lived’ experience of nature. We are delighted to join forces with Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom Week.
Saturday 18 September 2021
A multi-media dance première
19.30 - 20.30
Carolyn Bolton, Luke Brown & Natalie Dodd choreographers
Peter Borthwick film
Vicki Lant production & costumes
Students of The Place,
Children of Christchurch & Holy Trinity Federation
In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, we witnessed signs that the planet was beginning to heal itself from our intense over-use and abuse of its resources. Our martyrdom of the planet, inspired by Bill Viola’s compelling installation in St Paul’s Cathedral, was the starting point for this multi-media, multi-generational dance work, created for this festival. Collaboration has been the watchword for much good that has emerged from our isolated experience this past year – our three choreographers have collaborated to create a response that is both personal and global to our place in understanding how we heal the hurt we have created and move on in hope. Creating with dancers isolated, but connected on Zoom, experience our joy in dancing together again – mature and current students of The Place and children from our Federation of Primary Schools – a connected future in our world.
Refreshments by donation
Carolyn Bolton comes from South Carolina USA where she qualified in dance and choreography. She has created numerous top ten solos for the International Youth America Grand Prix Competition (where she was also a member of their guest faculty). She joined Ballet Rambert in 2013 and is a guest Academic Lecturer at The Place and Trinity Laban schools in London.
Luke Brown is the Artistic Director of Luke Brown Dance, creating his own company in 2014 after dancing with a range of critically acclaimed companies. His company was created to devise emotionally charged and accessible performances that combine dance, text, storytelling and striking set design, collaborating with dancers, hypnotherapists, phycologists, puppeteers, musicians, photographers, actors and singers to explore autobiographical stories and characters. He is a guest choreographer and teacher at The Place.
20th - 26th September
12.00 - 18.00
Garden Café in Holy Trinity's Award Winning Garden open daily during Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom Week. In conjunction with Holy Trinity Flower Guild.
Natalie Dodd is a dance artist based in London. She trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and is currently the Vice-Director of the UK Dance Federation and one of the movement creators of the Rambert Grades. With a strong track record of performance and choreography, she now works extensively as a teacher and is gaining prominence in the ‘dance for health’ scene. She is a regular teacher at The Place and has created the dance works that have contributed to The Arts and Crafts Festival since 2019.
Sunday 19th September
Festival Eucharist Service
11.00 - 12.30
Festival Eucharist Service: Paradise Regained #3
Guest preacher from organisation A Rocha UK
Sunday 19th September
'The Roots and Fruits of the Arts & Crafts Movement'
Bishop Michael Marshall of Holy Trinity
14.00 - 15.00
A fresh assessment of the relationship between the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth and the Arts and Crafts Movement is the subject of this compelling lecture by one of the Church of England’s most inspiring speakers.
Bishop Michael Marshall will trace the connection between the radical William Wordsworth and John Ruskin, examining Wordsworth's love of nature and Ruskin’s reaction against the urbanization of the industrial revolution. He will explore Wordsworth’s care for the environment and to what we now call ‘sustainability’.
Building on recent scholarship (Jonathan Bate, Romantic Ecology: Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition and Radical Wordsworth: The Poet who changed the World), the lecture will reassess Wordsworth's place in the evolution of what was to become one of the most significant design movements of the 19th century.
Bishop Michael Marshall was Vicar of All Saints, Margaret Street, Bishop of Woolwich, founding Director of the Anglican Institute in St. Louis, Missouri and Adviser on Evangelism to the Archbishop of Canterbury. His many books include ‘The Gospel Conspiracy’, ‘Restless Heart’ and ‘Expectations For Evangelism’ and his major biography of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, is being published this year. Bishop Michael was Rector of Holy Trinity, Sloane Square for 10 years (1997-2007) and under his leadership the church moved from the brink of closure to the vibrant community we know today.
£10 including glass of wine
Sunday 19th September
Benediction and Blessing
Tuesday 21st September
Paradise Garden - the art of the natural world
Rupert Muldoon BSLA
18.00 - 19.00
Rupert Muldoon - The hand of the artist and the hand of the gardener.
Rupert is an interesting mix of artist, designer and gardener. Each passion informing the other. Studying at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Slade School of Fine Art. Intrigued by the methods and materials of artists, he developed his own unique method of painting in the almost forgotten medium of egg tempera. Rupert completed his MA in Landscape Architecture at ETH Zurich.
After working for renowned Swiss landscape architect Gunter Vogt, Rupert returned to England and to the studio of Dan Pearson. Taking the plunge five years ago Rupert set up his own practice together with University friend Arjen Meeuwsen.
Meeuwsen Muldoon Landscape Architects have a passion for the natural landscape, this is the root of their practice. Rupert and Arjen have lead projects that search out the local narrative of the place. Delivering a strong concept at the start, creates unique and site-specific projects. Having worked on a number of public commissions they recognise the importance of relinking the spaces back to the users which ultimately keeps the environment alive and active.
The landscape studio is committed to responding to the climate crisis by finding new ways to implement green strategy. Delivering the maximum possible green value from each project through designing with natural processes. Creating self-sustaining gardens that are dynamic and not static, improving the soils and the recycling of on-site water. Landscape is a meeting ground for many different professions, the small and agile office are able to build a specialist team around each project, often working closely with ecologist and farmers.
Rupert will talk about creating the Maggie's Centre garden in Oldham.
The design for the town hall garden - The Hof van Leiden, currently being built.
New plans for a productive garden fit for the C21st within an old walled garden in Lincolnshire. And his own garden in Hampshire on the South Downs, where he also has his painting studio.
Wednesday 22nd September
Walk of the Dandelion
15.45 - 16.45
A story of resilience combing puppetry, dance, music and workshops
Luke Brown Dance Company
A delightful workshop and community outreach event for everyone, especially families. Are you a Dandelion or an Orchid? In child psychology two flower-types are assigned to characterise children's dispositions, the Orchid, sensitive and in need of nurture and the Dandelion, a resilient survivor. Luke Brown Dance’s larger-than-life puppet Daniel, bearing dandelions of resilience and hope that you help to make, will spread your positive messages out into Sloane Square and surrounding streets. Help Daniel stimulate mindfulness and joyfulness, as we recover from a year of isolation in a post Covid world; we all need reminders that we are wonderful, resilient dandelions.
Adult & Child £15
Thursday 23rd September
Gala Music Evening:
Pictures of Life - an environmental choral piece in four movements
19.00 - 20.00
Composer – Lionel Oscar Segal
Conductor – Peter Broadbent
Choreographer & Costumes – Margo Dodd
Eagle (baritone) - Rodney Earl Clarke
Bird (soprano) - Eloise Irving
Polar Bear (bass) - Chris Slater
Gaia (mezzo-soprano) - Cathy Bell
The Pictures of Life Ensemble
The Joyful Company of Singers
We are delighted this production will include a children's chorus from Christ Church and Holy Trinity Primary Schools, Chelsea.
Local schools Garden House, Hill House, More House and Sussex House
perform pieces that reflect our theme of nature and environment
Pictures of Life is an inspiring and versatile choral work written and composed by Lionel Oscar Segal. It is a celebration of the wonderful creatures and habitats of our threatened world, and the power of the human spirit to protect our planet and bring about positive change. It dips into several genres including classical, musical theatre and barbershop. It tells a lively environmental story with witty and meaningful words and melodies that are a joy to sing!
“This wonderful concert shines a light on all the things that matter most in the world: nature, music, compassion, interconnectedness and hope. I think the flame that it will ignite in young hearts will never be extinguished as we all face the future together with courage, optimism and above all kindness.” Joanna Lumley
The composition consists of 4 parts:
The Beginning - for solo orchestra and dancers.
Pictures of Life
evokes the wonderful variety of creatures on our planet, where students can sing together, have fun and grow in confidence.
Save Our World
includes four solo parts; Eagle, Polar Bear, Bird, Gaia (the Earth) while a barbershop quartet provides the voice of ‘avaricious bipeds’ (greedy humans), giving pace and humour to the serious message. Animals and sea creatures are performed by groups of singers.
a soaring anthem of hope that honours the achievements of the human race, and the vision that the next generation will unite to preserve the natural world.
“They say today our DNA makes every man a brother. Every woman sister, kin to one another” Lionel Oscar Segal
Pictures of Life composer and lyricist Lionel Oscar Segal was born in Glasgow, and has enjoyed a long and fulfilling career in a range of creative fields working with true legends of music, film and fashion.
Lionel won a nationwide song writing competition aged 17, and at 18 gained a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. In his first year he wrote a musical version of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women and Good Wives. Many years later, Little Women: The Musical was re-imagined as a concert performance for the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London, where it premiered with an all-star cast, narrated by Sandi Toksvig. The production then ran successfully at the Lost Theatre, Vauxhall, and was nominated as “Best New Musical” in the Off West End Theatre Awards in 2012.
Pictures of Life was launched at Kings Place, London, on 26th October 2015. Pictures of Life was first previewed at St Pancras International Station with a young amateur choir and keyboard accompaniment. Later the same day, Steven Edis conducted the choir and an 11-piece ensemble at the Camden Centre in aid of the World Land Trust (Patron: Sir David Attenborough).
The composer has gifted Pictures of Life for free performance in schools in the UK with the aim of inspiring young students to gain confidence, engage with choral song and take part in creating a better future for the world.
Further information about the work can be found at singtosaveourplanet.com
£15 including refreshment
Friday 10th, 17th, 24th September
Paradise Regained - Online Art Workshops
10.30 - 12.00
An exploration of colour and composition with artist Lily Corbett Gale
Inspired by the visionary 20th Century artist and teacher, Cecil Collins RA, Tate Gallery has a number of his paintings
‘Paradise’ is a place of ‘Perfection. Beauty and Truth’
'Paradise unmasks you. Our relationship with our Source is the most important thing in Life' Cecil Collins
About the workshops
At the beginning of each session there will be notebook colour studies based on 'Triadic Colour Harmony' and also mark-making from the 'Language of Drawing' both taught by Cecil Collins RA. This will encourage students to make a book of colour harmony and mark making studies on their own into the future.
I shall include some quotes about Paradise and the Imagination for contemplation and there will be some music and movement - the movement can be done seated.
These studies lead up to a painting based on the theme of ‘A Return to Paradise,'
I shall work with the class throughout and they will be able to see my desk filmed on a second camera. I shall invite those that would like to, to show their work at the end of each session. We may go a little overtime with the sharing and the feedback I can give.
To get the most from these classes participants are encouraged to attend the three workshops although they are also stand alone.
Tickets online – £15 per workshop class
Friday 24th September
10.00 - 13.00
Flower Guild workshop including light lunch
Meet and join with members of Holy Trinity's Flower Guild to create the floral displays for the harvest festival. All experience welcomed; you will learn new skills as well as have the opportunity to create your own table posy as a memento of your day.
£20 (including light lunch)
Saturday 25th September
Faith in Nature:
A celebration of HRH Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh 1922 - 2021
19.30 - 21.00
A very special evening with Prince Phillip’s faith mentor and close friend and fellow environmentalist Martin Palmer - CEO FaithInvest.
In a world where we search for absolute answers; where the major environmental organisations think that only data will lead us out of ecological purgatory to Paradise; where only that which can be quantified is considered real, the ancient stories, doubts, beliefs and yes even humour of the world’s major faiths offer alternative sets of views. Many faiths remind us that we are part of nature, not apart from nature; others remind us that we have a special place between God and Creation which calls for us to not just enjoy but also protect, care for and tend to the needs of nature.
As HRH Prince Philip said when he asked Martin to bring the world’s major faiths together with the significant environmental groups in 1986, “If you believe in God then you should care for His Creation – that’s obvious I think!”
What does that mean today? Find out through stories, insights, and the practical actions faiths are taking for people and planet.
Martin Palmer and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh launched in 1985 one of the most audacious plans to bring the major faiths of the world to work with the key environmental organisations in order to launch the largest Civil Society environmental programme in the world. Today every major religious organisation has environmental programmes and plans from how to invest, through their role in education and to understanding why humour and celebration are central to changing attitudes.
The talk is followed by an interview with Holy Trinity Festival Curator, Gerard Brown followed by Q&A
With Prince Philip whom Martin was Religious Advisor on the Environment right up until HRH Prince Philip’s death in April, he founded the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and now heads FaithInvest and is the Patron of Faith Plans. A theologian, leading translator of Chinese Classics, broadcaster, author and religious expert, Martin heads the largest coalition of faith environment groups in the world as the faith gear up to launch over a thousand plans designed to save the planet.
In 2020, FaithInvest began a programme asking the faiths to consider how they will manage their assets, investments, influence and resources to drive practical action on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development over the next seven to ten years.
Refreshments by donation
Sunday 26th September
We end our Paradise Regained Arts & Crafts Festival with the joy of nature and our environment as we celebrate our traditional Harvest Festival feast day.
Sunday 26th September
Evensong and Benediction