Kinder Scout features in new audio artwork

Kinder Scout is the focus of the third chapter of the Voices From The Peak audio artwork created to mark the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park.

The series of three audio-artworks have been created by Derbyshire poet and recording artist Mark Gwynne Jones.

The feature soundscapes of the varied lives, landscapes, and unheard stories combining natural atmospherics, spoken word, and music to capture the spirit of the Peak District and bring it to the ears of the listener.

Mark has incorporated contributions from shepherds, miners, political activists, singers, a meteorologist, and renowned musician Ashley Hutchings of Fairport Convention.

The series begins in the underworld of the limestone and leads us to the Kinder Trespass, the creation of the UK’s first National Park, and the current battle to revitalise the moorlands eroded by years of. acid rain.

Mark said: “It’s almost a cliché now to say that the pandemic has forced us to reconnect with where we live but recording people and the natural world this past three years has been a revelation.

“There are so many stories with surprising connections running through the land here. These recordings have unearthed something magic, and I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Sarah Fowler, Chief Executive of the Peak District National Park, said: “I hope everyone will appreciate as part of our 70th anniversary celebrations, the latest chapter of the Voices From The Peak soundscape which focuses on the connections between people and place.

“Chapter 3 Kinder Scout is particularly significant as it brings to life those links between the past and present that linger in the landscape.”

All three chapters, ‘Burning Drake’, ‘Snow!’ and ‘Kinder Scout’ are available to listen to online at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/voicesfromthepeak

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