Composer Damian Montagu released the Single ‘Sussexscape’ today, alongside his latest album ‘A Walk Into Reverie’, on CD and digital formats, on the Walk upon England label. This is the second album from the Walk Upon England project, which celebrates the English countryside as a source of creativity in music and poetry. The eleven compositions are led by Damian Montagu with strings performed by the Tippett Quartet and piano by Rob Sword, with brass arrangements and performances by ex-Paul Weller trumpeter Stewart Prosser, who co-produced the album.
Damian Montagu said of this track, “With ‘Sussexscape’ I am trying to represent musically the very uplifting feeling that you get from walking in dense woodland and then suddenly coming across a clearing and being struck by the beauty of wide open downland landscape. I hope that the music captures this experience.” A music promo for ‘Sussexscape’ has been filmed by director Chris Field through Playhouse Pictures, using a very unusual 4k infrared lens to capture the sense of reverie that is so central to Damian’s work as a composer.
You can order and stream the album with the following link:
We are proud to announce the release on the Walk upon England label of a poignant new collaboration of music and animation, on this 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War to commemorate the lives of more than 1,300 men from the South Downs and Sussex killed or injured in just one day during the war.
The above short film, illustrated by award winning Sussex artist Russell Cobb, was launched on the South Downs National Park’s YouTube channel and Facebook, at 11 am this morning.
Composer Damian Montagu was inspired to compose his new piece ‘The Boar’s Head’ after hearing the story of ‘the Day that Sussex died.’ On 30 June 1916 men from the 11th, 12th and 13th Southdowns Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment were ordered to make an attack at the Battle of the Boar’s Head in an attempt to divert German attention ahead of the Battle of the Somme.
A poignant new collaboration of music and animation will be released on the Walk upon England label this November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, to commemorate the lives of more than 1,300 men from the South Downs and Sussex killed or injured in just one day during the war.
The short film will be launched on the South Downs National Park YouTube channel and Facebook @sdnpa at 11 a.m. on Friday, 9 November 2018.
Damian Montagu’s composition is available to pre-order here