Hull City of Culture events September 2017

Simon has been visiting Hull to record two of it’s showcase events during their City of Culture year. The first was for Open Bridges, featuring the world premiere of BAFTA award winning composer John Stead’s especially commissioned acousmatic music composition ‘Moments in Time’.  He spent his day filming at Hull’s North Bridge, built in the 1930s, with Michael Billington of ITV Yorkshire.  The piece was broadcast on the 22nd September, and you can find out more from the ITV Yorkshire blog, or from Hull 2017 website.

Open Bridges: the autumnal equinox when day and night are equal, will be split in two for the first time in the city’s history denying movement across the river east or west, creating a symbolic wall to be reunited when the first bridge re-opens to road traffic. This can only happen in Hull as no other city has so many opening bridges over such a short distance of navigable river. A river journey by three historic vessels will take place and as the river journey ends the music begins. Hull 2017

The next week he was back in Hull for the opening of the Turner Prize at Ferens Art Gallery. The Turner Prize is one of the world’s most renowned prizes awarded by the Tate to an artist who’s work in the previous year has been deemed ‘outstanding’.  The exhibition of the four finalists art is open until the 7th January 2018 with the winner being announced in December. Details of the four entrants from Hull2017 website :

The four shortlisted artists for Turner Prize 2017 are Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi.

Hurvin Anderson’s paintings distil a sense of place. Encompassing both portraiture and landscape, his work shifts between the representation of a place and the reality of it.

Andrea Büttner works across print, installation and painting. Her multifaceted works explore poverty and value, and the ways that we communicate these ideas to each other.

Lubaina Himid’s work uses colourful, decorative motifs, referencing the political power of graphic language. Her artworks confront the sense of invisibility felt by people of the African diaspora.

Rosalind Nashashibi uses time in film to build a steady, often repetitive picture of everyday life, combining moments of movement and stillness.

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Astronaut Tim Peake in Bradford for launch

Make sure you watch ITV Yorkshire tonight to see Tim Peake unveiling a new exhibition featuring his Soyuz Module TMA-19M spacecraft at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. We had the pleasure of filming him for ITV Calendar along with reporter Lisa Adlam.  If you can’t watch it live then visit the ITV Yorkshire blog to catch up.

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Simon had the pleasure of travelling to Manchester Opera House to film the launch of the new musical ‘The Band’ based on the lives and career of local band Take That.  There was a surprise for the audience though, when Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald appeared on stage to participate in the launch.

The material was recorded with ITV’s Matt Price for shared content and was broadcast across several regional news programmes.  A few more photographs from the evening:

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Danny and Nicky Cowley, Manager and Assistant Manager of Lincoln City FC have joined hundreds of University of Lincoln students at their graduation today. Former Essex P.E. teachers, the pair quit their jobs to guide Lincoln City FC to the National League title and became the first non-league team to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for over 100 years. Since this remarkable event the club have been enjoying record attendances at home with increased tick sales.

They received the Chancellor’s Medal from the University of Lincoln in recognition of this amazing success, and for their contribution to the city of Lincoln.

In a Lincolnite interview, Danny said: “Myself and Nicky are very privileged to receive the Chancellor’s Medal. Since we’ve arrived at the club it’s been a pleasure to work closely with the University of Lincoln’s lecturers and students.”

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Simon has had the pleasure of meeting Sir Michael Parkinson this week, and along with ITV Calendar anchor Duncan Wood has been talking with him about his South Yorkshire home.  He grew up in the pit village of Cudworth near Barnsley and recalled a recent trip back to his home.  He expressed sadness at how parts of his home county are being left behind, and blamed the government for a lack of regeneration after the pit closures:

“I’m saddened by it all, I really am. Angry. They lost their jobs, the mines were closed. You can have a big debate about that. But what they did – or didn’t do – which was wrong, was they didn’t replace it with anything else. They become very sad, almost ghost towns.”

– Sir Michael Parkinson
You can watch the piece on the ITV Yorkshire Calendar News blog right now to find out more about Sir Michael’s interview.
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Two archaeological sites in the centre of Sheffield have been opened to the press and public to give a snapshot into the city’s long industrial heritage of steel-making. The sites date from pre-1850 and will go on public display for the first time tomorrow.

A team from Wessex Archaeology has been working at the Hollis Croft site that will eventually form part of a Sheffield student development in the city.  Together with the previously excavated former Titanic Works, archaeologists have been able to piece together a more defined picture of Sheffield’s influential industrial past and provide hard evidence of the scale of steel manufacturing taking place in Sheffield.

Simon visited the site with ITV Yorkshire’s Adam Fowler today recording deep within the ancient corridors and chambers. The report can be seen on ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar news or via their blog.

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