For Light Night 2013 and as part of Opera North’s Festival of Britten, the high tide sweeps Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes into the Howard Assembly Room. Visitors are immersed in the sounds of the sea via a surround-sound recording of The Orchestra of Opera North.
A small flotilla of sailboats sailing across the floor provides the perfect environment in which to settle in and listen. The sails are filled with short films full of the bluster and billow of the sea. Inspired by Phyllida Lloyd’s productionof Peter Grimes, these are images of the real northern seas: the fish-markets, coastlines and lifeboat crews of Grimsby and Whitby.