The Light & Shadow Salon





Doors open at 5pm, programme begins at 5:30pm sharp

(£5 entry on the door)

Composer and performer Bird Radio has been developing his song-cycle of Walter de la Mare poem settings for the past couple of years. In January he spent one month in residence at Aldeburgh Music (Snape Maltings, Suffolk) in the same room where Benjamin Britten composed Peter Grimes. Working intensively for 30 days, starting and finishing the day with a six-mile woodland cycle ride, one question resounded: Why?

Join Bird Radio in his madness or lucidity as he reveals his anger, fear and optimism for a happier England through the lens of Walter de la Mare’s poetry, performs some of his recent song settings live for the first time and opens the conversation to you.

Special guests to be announced.


The Light & Shadow Salon is a place for artists, writers and audience to meet and share ideas about the past, present and future of the moving image in all its forms.

The Salon is a place for exchange, interaction and cross-pollination and it welcomes active contributions and interventions from all its participants.

The Salon endeavours to support a structured and informed dialogue around film, the moving image and all that it involves: from magic to science, from sound to the eye, from ritualism to storytelling, from myth-making to hypnosis.

The Salon intends to act as a temporary and ephemeral container  for all the work, ideas and people with an independent, radical and idiosyncratic nature, who renounce to find a home in existing movements/institutions but rather embrace the nomadic and transitory nature of art.

The Salon supports individual thought, inquisitive minds and a desire to further knowledge through dialogue and exchange.

‘So when you hear yourself invited to ‘see’, it is not the sight of this eye (of the flesh) that I would have you think about. You have another eye within, much clearer that that one, an eye that looks at the past, the present, and the future all at once, which sheds the light and keenness of its vision over all things, which penetrates things hidden and searches into complexities, needing no other light by which to see all this, but seeing by the light that it possesses itself.’ (Hugh of St Victor)