A Long Walk to Grimethorpe

A Long Walk to GrimethorpeSheffield-based arts platform Hand Of present 'A Long Walk to Grimethorpe', a new and socially-rooted work of contemporary art that encompasses both musical composition and documentary film.

A collaborative project between the University of Sheffield Brass Band (USBB), electronic music composer Joe Snape and film-maker Ismar Badzic, A Long Walk to Grimethorpe explores both the creation of the music and the context within which is resides.

As the sun comes up over the peak district, electronic music composer Joe Snape sets off from Sheffield city centre with a simple aim: to walk to the renowned Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band’s rehearsal space in time to hear their evening rehearsal.

The catch? He has to do it wearing a tuba.

But this is no ordinary tuba. Rather, it is an instrument rigged with numerous tiny microphones, each capturing a subtly different resonance within the instrument. Together, these microphones are responsible for recording the entire walk, creating an abstract, patchwork document of a most basic of journeys.

A Long Walk to Grimethorpe, together with the documentary, will be premiered on Thursday 15 May, 7.30pm, S1 Artspace, Sheffield. You can book tickets via the Sheffield Students' Union website.

Watch the Long Walk to Grimethorpe trailer.

Hand Of is a Sheffield-based arts platform dedicated to supporting and enriching local communities through accessible and experimental arts events in the city. Past events have explored many different creative mediums including film, music, spoken word and dance. Projects and events bring students and locals together in innovative and expressive conditions, to manifest a sense of pride and belonging in Sheffield.

With the aim of building networks between young musicians and forging links between musical communities in Sheffield and South Yorkshire, Hand Of is collaborating with Grimethorpe Colliery Band and the City of Sheffield Brass Band, offering open rehearsals, joint concerts, workshops and master-classes for young musicians. The project will also include a series of workshops with local primary schools, run by University of Sheffield students.

This project is supported by Arts Council England, the University of Sheffield Alumni Foundation, Sheffield Town Trust and the Sheffield Students’ Union Innovation Fund.