The hills are alive with the sound of music

A live orchestral performance in the middle of a forest has been bringing a Staffordshire beauty spot to life.

Field recordist Giles Stogdon making after-hours recordings of Living Symphonies as dusk falls over the peace of Cannock Chase

Living Symphonies - an instrumental composition that portrays wildlife, plants and the woodland ecosystem - has been delighting visitors enjoying a visit to Cannock Chase.

Composed and brought to life by James Bulley and Daniel Jones, have created a sound for all the different elements of the forest from plants to animals.

They have been recorded by more than 50 musicians using 120 instruments.

Speakers have been hidden in the trees to play out the full symphony of music.

Listen to the Living Symphonies here:

Living Symphonies from Jones/Bulley on Vimeo.

The sounds, which constantly change depending on the time of day and other factors such as what animals are in the area, can be heard between 10am to 5pm each day on specially devised tours until Friday.

A spokesman for the event said: "Together they hope to create a remarkable new way for audiences to explore forests with their ears as well as their eyes. As the visitor explores the music they will also become aware of just how complex an eco-system a forest is."

The £160,000 project is co-produced in partnership between Sound and Music, the national agency for new music and Forestry Commission England, supported with funding through the Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

Unlike Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, which mimicked woodland animals, Living Symphonies aims to create an impressionist view of the species within the forest.

It has already taken place in Norfolk and Northamptonshire and will be heading Kent after this week's concerts in Cannock Chase.

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