is one of a series of works that explore notions of 'sonic ghosting' in relation to place, memory, temporality and the post industrial landscape. The composition responds to the experience of visiting, recording and listening at Causey Arch - the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world, near Tanfield in County Durham. At one point in the 18th century the arch carried 900 horse-drawn coal waggons a day before becoming disused and descending into ruin. It has subsequently been restored and is now park of a country park and picnic area. Branch Lines explores the multiple sonic layerings of the site - the people/things that have inhabited it and their subsequent echoes, semblances and apparitions.
Branch Lines was commissioned for the New Music Players
chamber ensemble, and premiered at the University of Sussex Meeting House
and The Warehouse, Waterloo
alongside works by Ed Hughes, Lee Westwood, Barnaby Hollington, and Tom Reid.
Fiona Cross, clarinet
Katie Stillman, violin
Joe Giddey, cello
Richard Casey, piano
Working on the score
Recording under the Arch
An example of a wooden wagon at the site
Tanfield railway line
A cosy bothy?