Sound Henge with Madame Ceski

We are thrilled to share that local experimental musical artist Madame Ceski (Francesca Simmons) is working on a life-sized stone circle sound installation here at St Anne’s House.

Step inside the circle to be enveloped in a ritual soundscape and touch the tactile stones to trigger sounds, in this transformative musical experience. Inspired by the history, archaeology & folklore of stone circles, the artist is creating a space that uses our senses to link ancient to modern.

Stone circles are places of connection (community and land) and experience (ritual and sensory). Through the use of multi-speaker sound installation & tactile sound technology, the artist will ignite this dialogue, creating a reflective space that draws on our relationship with the land, the skies above & the rhythm of the natural world.  

The stones are created through a process similar to rug making (tufting/latch-hook). During her time in the space, the artist will set up an area for the public to do self-led tufting, with materials and instructions provided. These tufts will create an additional mossy carpet to be added to the installation throughout the residency.

When can I visit?

Thursday 15 Dec – Thursday 22 Dec, 12pm – 5pm.

The project space will be open for you to visit the work and speak to the artist.

There will also be events happening throughout December:

Saturday 03 Dec: 10am – 12pm, Listen & Tuft: Family friendly open session – try your hand at tufting as you listen to dreamy improvised music on violin, viola & musical saw. All ages welcome. Book here.

Tuesday 06 Dec: 10am – 12pm, Baby & Toddler Listen & Relax: 0-18 months welcome to drop in and relax to the sounds of improvised music, performed live by the artist. Book here.

Thursday 15 Dec: 10am – 12pm – Behind the Scenes of Sound Henge: Artist’s talk at the Morning Meet-up. The artist shares insights into the project research and her fascination with Folk and ritual practices.

Friday 16 Dec: 5.30 – 7pm, Sound Henge Live:

5.30pm – 9pm – Exhibition Opening 

7.30pm – Talk with guest speaker, University of Bristol’s Professor Ronald Hutton on Stonehenge. Book here.

Wednesday 21 Dec: 6pm – 9pm – Winter Solstice Live, ticketed book here:

Join us for an evening of celebration, dance, music, food, drink, talks, ritual and folklore as we welcome in The Winter Solstice. Including:

  • Morris dancing and music from Stroud’s incredible all-female side Boss Morris
  • An improvised live set, by Madame Ceski
  • A talk by British archaeologist Susan Greaney about Bristol local Stone Circle Stanton Drew – ‘The Forgotten Stone Circle of Stanton Drew’
  • Delicious hot food and drink, from The Orchard Bakery & Co
  • A pop up shop by the mushroom farm running from St Anne’s House, The Flushrooms.
  • Madame Ceski

    Sound Henge with Madame Ceski I’m a Welsh composer, performer & collaborator, based in St.George Bristol. Using song, improvisation, performance & experimentation, my work focuses on ‘folk’ in its widest sense – people’s habits & traditions, ranging from the mundane to the spiritual.