Voices in the Woods

Sunday 28 June 2015 at 7pm

Conducted by David Ogden

As the light fades, Bristol’s accomplished chamber choir Exultate Singers performs amongst the trees, around and aboard the boats of Luke Jerram's 'Withdrawn' installation in Leigh Woods. Beautiful and atmospheric choral pieces celebrating the varied aspects of nature and the sea will echo around the clearing in harmony with the dusk chorus of the woodland’s birds.

As part of Bristol European Green Capital 2015, Trust New Art Bristol (part of the National Trust) invited Luke Jerram to make a new work for Leigh Woods. Working with fishermen, scientists marine experts, Jerram has created a new installation, which investigates the impact of humanity on our seas. The project has been commissioned by the National Trust's Trust NewArt Bristol contemporary art programme and is being delivered in partnership with the Forestry Commission England and its Forest Art Works programme as part of Bristol 2015.

It is funded by the Arts Council England Exceptional Fund as part of Bristol's year as European Green Capital, with the aim of making sustainable living accessible and easy to understand. The Bristol 2015 arts and culture projects are being delivered by the national portfolio organisation Bristol Culture Development Partnership (BDCP), and will play a central part in encouraging the public to see sustainability in a new light.

It takes approximately 15 minutes to walk from parking to the Withdrawn site. The path is hard surfaced and accessible. The boats are located approximately 50m from the path over rough terrain.

Please note that the concert date has had to be changed from the September date originally advertised because of changes to the wider art project.


Cornish sea shanties
Traditional Water of Tyne and Sumer is icumen in
McColl Sweet Thames flow softly
Parry Crossing the bar
Pearsall Lay a garland
Rheinberger Abendleid
Stanford The Bluebird
Kodaly Evening Song
Traditional Shenandoah
Esenvalds Long Road
Finzi My spirit sang all day
Gibbons The Silver Swan
Bennett Weep, O mine eyes
Vaughan Williams Just as the tide was flowing and The Turtle Dove

(Please note that the programme may change)


Tickets are £15

How to book

Book online from the National Trust by telephone on 0844 249 1895. Please note that the National Trust charges a 5% booking fee

Please note that tickets are non-refundable unless the concert is sold out and the tickets can be re-sold. An administration fee of £5 will be charged for re-selling tickets


Leigh Woods, Bristol.

Wear warm clothes suitable for walking in a woodland. Please bring your own low backed chair, stool or picnic blanket to sit on during the performance. No seating will be provided.


Arrive by 6.30pm at the Forestry Commission car park. From here you will be sign-posted to the performance, a 20 min walk away

How to find Leigh Woods


National Trust, Leigh Woods