First Day Of The Heatwave

First Day Of The Heatwave by Lou Loudhailer.

This is my newest recording, a trippy marriage of music, video, pictures and words telling of a meander along the headwaters of the River Hull, exploring it’s sources in the Yorkshire Wolds. The narrative is one of the chapters in our Open Bridges – A River Full Of Stories adventure.

Written and recorded by Louise Duffy-Howard
Violin by Dexter Duffy-Howard
Photography by Richard Duffy-Howard

Open Bridges: Open Bridges made history when for the first, and only time, all the bridges over the River Hull were raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city in two at 20:17 hours on the autumn equinox, 22nd September 2017.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire UK has 13 bridges over the River Hull which flows north to south through the centre of the city and out into the Humber estuary. No other city has so many opening bridges over such a short stretch of navigable river. Open Bridges was a logistical first, the culmination of 18 months of meticulous planning and preparation. Delivered by an all Hull based team to manage the different elements, Open Bridges is a celebration of the lifeblood of the city. On the night historic vessels representing three centuries mustered on the River Hull to be met out on the Humber estuary by powerful 21st century tugs. The world premiere of the new acousmatic composition ‘Moments in Time’ by BAFTA award winning composer John Stead was especially commissioned for Open Bridges, featuring sounds recorded from Hull bridges and diffused in octophonic sound.

The first edition of the Open Bridges book, A River Full of Stories is now available in all Hull & East Riding Libraries and can be ordered from all UK libraries.

Visit the Open Bridges – A River Full Of Stories website

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