Midlands Branch

Midlands Branch and the Faculty of Arts, Wolverhampton - A Journey South, presented by Chris Watson Thursday 25 January 2018 at 6pm for 6.30pm start The Black Box Theatre, The Performance Hub, Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton, Gorway Road, Walsall, WS1 3BD


IOA Midlands Branch and the Faculty of Arts, University of Wolverhampton
Thursday 25 January 2018: 18:00 for an 18:30 Start
The Black Box Theatre, The Performance Hub, Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton, Gorway Road, Walsall, WS1 3BD



Chris Watson

Chris Watson will describe and illustrate with sounds and images the journey he made to Antarctica and the South Pole as sound recordist for the BBC television series ‘Frozen Planet’ several years ago. This is a place described a century earlier by the film maker Herbert Ponting as the ‘Great White Silence’ when he filmed the ill fated journey of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s polar expedition. Watson will describe his experiences in discovering a sound rich environment under the surface of the ‘silence’.

Background :

Watson was a founding member of the influential Sheffield based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance composer and sound recordist Watson specialises in creating spatial sound installations which feature a strong sense and spirit of place.

His television work includes many programmes in the David Attenborough ‘Life’ series including ‘The Life of Birds’ which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ in 1996, and as the location sound recordist on the BBC’s series ‘Frozen Planet’ which also won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ (2012).
Watson has recorded and featured in many BBC Radio 4 productions including ‘The Wire’ which won him the Broadcasting Press Guild’s Broadcaster of The Year Award (2012). His music is regularly featured on the BBC Radio 3 programme ‘Late Junction’. 
In 2013 Watson received a Paul Hamlyn Composers Award.
His installations have been commissioned by international galleries and festivals such as;
Sheffield Millennium Gallery, Opera North in Leeds, The National Gallery, London, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Louvre, Paris and the Aichi Triennial in Japan

Attendance is free and everyone welcome but booking is required via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-journey-south-tickets-41275470042

CPD certificates will be provided.  If you have any queries please contact A.Foteinou@wlv.ac.uk.  

As is traditional for IOA Midlands Branch meetings those attending are cordially invited for a meal at a local Indian restaurant after the meeting. Please let Aglaia know if you would like to come, so we can book a table.

Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed on any matters by the presenters or participants during or in connection with this presentation are solely the views of the authors of the respective comments and/or opinions and must not be taken to be the views of IOA or any other organisation. IOA makes no representations, warranties or assurances concerning any information provided in these presentations and accepts no responsibility for the content and/or accuracy.

The event is supported by PMC-The Professional Monitor Company (about PMC)


Future Events

Watch the IOA website www.ioa.org.uk for further information about all Midlands Branch activities.





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Late Feb TBC

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Please follow the web link for directions to Walsall Campus.


Magdelene Road Entrance: Magdelene Road from the Broadway is the best access to parking for the Performance Hub. Parking is on a first come, first served basis and is free of charge.

The venue is easily accessible by road, situated off the A4148, easily accessible from the M6 motorway (J9).

Free parking will be available at the Magdelene Road entrance to the campus and also at the Gorway Road entrance.

Regular trains into Walsall are available from Birmingham New Street. Walsall Campus is 2 miles from the station and the connecting bus service No. 51 stops at the Gorway Road entrance to the Campus. 

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25 January 2018   through   7:00 PM
The Black Box Theatre
The Performance Hub, Gorway Road
Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton
Walsall, WS1 3BD

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