16-17 May 2015
The Landmark Trust celebrated their 50th anniversary year with an official launch over a magnificent Golden Weekend, when 95% of the population were within 50 miles of one of the trusts 25 open buildings and 15,494 visitors joined in the celebratations. Artsreach were delighted to partner The Landmark Trust and coordinate Dorset's Golden Weekend.
At 3pm on Saturday 16 May a “Golden Moment” took place, when local musicians across the country simultaneously performed An Anthem for Landmark, a specially-commissioned piece by award-winning composer Kerry Andrew, at each of the 25 open Landmarks.
Here in Dorset, Sammy Hurden led the Freedance Choir’s performance of the Anthem, along with a repertoire of locally inspired music, plus a brand new composition by Sammy, again inspired by Clavell Tower and its surroundings, written with the support of Dorset AONB.
Joining the Freedance Choir for this special event were the Ridgeway Singers & Band, led by folk musicians Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries. The choir performed a selection of folk songs plus a range of local traditional sea shanties and quarry songs.
LAND by Antony Gormley
As part of the Landmark Trust's anniversary, British sculptor Antony Gormley designed five new sculptures to celebrate the special relationship between people, places and time that the Landmark Trust embodies. The life-sized cast iron sculptures, together called LAND, reflected the individuality of each location at Martello Tower, Lengthsman’s Cottage, Saddell Bay, Lundy and Dorset's own Clavell Tower.