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Myself and artist Sam Francis were recipients of an Interpreting Isolation grant from the British Music Collection and Sound and Music for new works that reflect on COVID-19 in a creative way in response to this unique moment in our history.
Drawing upon water as a source of inspiration and as a metaphor for the Covid 19 situation, Tina Hitchens based in Bristol and Sam Francis in Weston Super Mare met virtually over two weeks to connect their separate locations through different water sources – the WSM coast and the River Frome in Eastville, Bristol that both conjoin with the Severn Estuary. At the changing times of high tide they met virtually to observe, listen, look, meditate on and respond to the connecting pull of the water, the environment and surroundings to connect creatively and personally as a lifeline during these uncertain and disconnected times. This work is a montage of material gathered during these outings and a reminder that flow and continuity will always be present and can close the space between us as the space between us all widens.
A solo writing / recording project of Tina’s
Recorded in Bristol and Swansea, August 2018:
Viridian Ensemble respond to the events of 2020, inspired in part by Wordsworth’s epic poem The Prelude. Commissioned by The Quietus and Aerial.
rat was recorded in 2018 and released in September 2020
A recording in a beautiful church in Bristol, February 2018
‘Live at Long Ashton Church’, December 2017
‘Going Along Without a Body’ – Collaboration with artist Benjamin A Owen, 2017
Live performance at ‘Totality’, December 2016
Performance at Supernormal Festival 2016 – Collaboration with artist Benjamin A Owen
Goldfinch film events
A song composed by Tina for Freya Gabie’s Grafted Chorus, a project for Future Perfect public arts programme. Words by Holly Corfield-Carr. A performance at Spike Island Arts Centre in Bristol, 30 April 2017. Performed by Leila Gamaz, Phil Owen, Ellen Southern and Rosena Wenonoah.
1. Dots.filmband performance at Chapter Arts Centre
2. Dots.filmband performance at Chapter Arts Centre
Tina appeared on a CD of music by Enid Luff containing fourteen chamber and solo pieces:
Song 5 | Occupation by Dan-Wyn Jones and The Public (Welsh National Opera)
Jayson Mackie’s Concertino for flute and small ensemble. Premiered 28/01/07 by Tina Hitchens (flute), and Cardiff New Music Collective, and Jayson Mackie’s The Spirit of Air for flute, clarinet, guitar, cello, piano. Premiered 11/12/05 by Cardiff New Music Collective. Listen to both live recordings: http://www.jaysonmackie.co.uk/?page_id=2.
Things Make Electric (pre-composed and improvising group)
Isla Jayne (past solo project)
Spencer McGarry Season (chamber-pop group Tina appeared with during 2010-11)