Sound Gallery secures Emergency Response funding
from Arts Council England

In May 2020 Sound Gallery was awarded Arts Council Emergency Response Funding. This grant offered us a lifeline during the lockdown in the pandemic and allowed us to make changes in our operations and put safety measures in order to continue to support our local music scene and musicians as well as the wider music industry and creative industries. 

As part of this grant, is a new project ‘The 1000 Birds Symphony – Letters from Isolation’ which is conceived and directed by Sound Gallery’s founder Grice Peters. The ‘1000 Birds Symphony’ is a new music commission produced through remote collaboration between Sound Gallery’s creative team and musicians who are isolated during lockdown. The original concept of the project is to invite musicians from Exeter & the surrounding areas to record and submit field recordings of birdsong which would be arranged and produced by Grice into a series of emotive pieces using digitally manipulated voices of 1000 birds combined with instrumental elements to create ‘Letters from Isolation’. This ambitious project will also produce a short promotional video including visualisations and still images. 

The ‘1000 Birds Symphony ‘involves artistic collaboration, new technology, innovation, community engagement and is a creative way of raising awareness of our connection with the natural world and it fragile inhabitants, birds: the forgotten musicians, the troubadours of hope.

The Emergency Response Funding will also enable our organisation to develop and diversify its services to respond to the challenges we face as part of the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund will be used to:

  • develop new services, including online music technology tutorials, music industry advice sessions and online mixing and mastering services,

-develop new ways of working remotely

encourage online artistic collaborations

upgrade our website to represent our current services and make it more accessible to the general public.  It is important in the current climate to have a strong online and social media presence as a recording studio and hub of creativity.

The fund will hopefully help our organisation emerge through this crisis so we can continue service our community and be a sonic beacon for musicians and artists in Exeter.

A big thank you goes out to The National Lottery, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England and the National Lottery Players.


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