Artist Norman Perryman Brings Live Kinetic Art to Meaden and Hazlewood’s ‘Play the Field’

Artist Norman Perryman, conductor Charles Hazlewood, Russian violin virtuoso Alexander Sitkovetsky and Dragons’ Den Star Deborah Meaden collaborate this August bank holiday at ‘Play the Field’ festival near Glastonbury, Somerset
By: Cass Stainton for Play the Field Ltd
July 10, 2009 - PRLog -- Internationally acclaimed artist Norman Perryman will be creating live kinetic paintings in response to the music at ‘Play the Field’, the two-day orchestral festival hosted by globe trotting BBC conductor Charles Hazlewood and backed by Deborah Meaden, best known for her appearances on the popular BBC Television series ‘Dragons’ Den’. Both Hazlewood and Meaden live in Somerset and announced the unusual collaboration following a chance meeting at the first night of The Proms last year.

Taking place just outside of Keinton Mandeville near Glastonbury over the August bank holiday, during Sunday’s performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Perryman will create live continuous kinetic paintings projected on to an 8 metre-wide screen, as Hazlewood and his world-class orchestra ‘Army of Generals’ perform Vivaldi’s masterpiece, with a solo performance by Russian violin virtuoso Alexander Sitkovetsky, a former pupil of the late Yehudi Menuhin, who said of Perryman, “(He) is one of us, he’s a musician who makes music with his paintbrush".

The audience is in for a unique treat as Perryman’s painting emanates the music, live as it happens on stage. Perryman himself says, “Every musical sound has its colour, every rhythm has a graphic pattern. Sound and colour together can touch us deeply, especially when they are played and painted live, synchronised and responding to each other.
Charles is a wonderful musician, so aware of the joy and fun we get from this synergy. I can't wait to share his passion and Play the Field with my paintbrush in Somerset."

Notes to editors: Perryman will perform on the second night of Play the Field on Sunday 30th August 2009. BBC Radio 2 will also be at Play the Field to record The Planets on Saturday 29 August for broadcast on Friday 11 September at 7.30pm.

2009 is the International Year of Astronomy and marks the 40th anniversary of man landing on the moon and the 400th anniversary of Galileo first using a telescope for astronomy, so there’ll be a number of opportunities to star gaze at Play the Field, the perfect setting with the perfect musical and artistic backdrop.

Gates open at 6pm on Saturday 29th August, the musical performance starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 10.30pm. On Sunday 30th August, gates open at 2pm for a unique opportunity to listen to the open rehearsals, including Russian violin virtuoso Alexander Sitkovetsky, while enjoying the local produce food market. The evening performance including the live kinetic art creations of Norman Perryman starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets, including early bird discounts available until mid-July, are on sale now and can either be bought online via a link at, by calling 01225 463362 or in person from Bath Festivals Ticket Office, 
2 Church Street, Abbey Green
Bath, BA1 1NL.

Early bird tickets cost £22 for an individual ticket, £65 for a family ticket and £20 each for groups of 10 or more people. Under 13’s are free and there’s also be a ‘Pay what you can’ scheme for local people living within 4.5kms of the farm. Further details at  

About Charles Hazlewood: An award-winning conductor, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 and his BBC Proms debut in 2006. This season saw his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Music Director of the contemporary ensemble Excellent Device! and its period instrument sister-orchestra, Army of Generals. Central to his work is a huge passion to engage a wider audience with great music.

About Norman Perryman: Born in Birmingham and now living in The Netherlands, Norman Perryman has won international acclaim for his dynamic watercolours of great musicians in action. But for thirty years he has also been pioneering a new art-form as a performing artist.  Using overhead projectors, he creates abstract kinetic paintings, interpreting the music in real time. As they listen, the audience watches the evolution and dissolution of Perryman’s fluid images on a giant screen, images keyed to the ideas and feelings of the music and enriching the musical experience.  The colours have a sensual, organic quality as his brushes cause them to flow, pulsate or explode, synchronised to the music.  

Perryman last performed to the music of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in 1979 with the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin for French television.

In 1993, BBC Television made the documentary 'Concerto for Paintbrush and Orchestra', about Perryman's life and work with music.  This included a performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, in which Perryman could be seen painting his own pictures, inspired by Mussorgsky's music.  The Times described the performance as "an ingenious audio-visual experiment, with brilliantly conceived imagery".

About Deborah Meaden: Best known as one of the Dragons from the popular BBC2 series Dragons’ Den, Deborah is a successful businesswoman, investor and author of Common Sense Rules, What you really need to know about business, published by Random House, available on Amazon. Based in Somerset like Charles, Deborah is a vocal supporter of the West Country.

Interviews, imagery and further information, pls contact Cass Stainton: or 07798 554520

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Play the Field Ltd is the company behind this year's 'Play the Field' classical music concerts taking place in Somerset over the August Bank Holiday, on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August 2009. Hosted by conductor Charles Hazlewood and backed by Deborah Meaden from the popular BBC TV series, 'Dragons' Den'.
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