Creed (2018)

Creed is part of a series of works collectively titled Of This Parish, in which we have explored different aspects of bells and their relationship to culture. Creed was installed in St Nicholas’ Church, Leicester as part of the In-Situ Festival, from 13 to 15 December 2018

Like our previous project To Intercession, Creed focuses on the dual role bells have played in defining territory and interceding between humans and God. Just as prayers are often inscribed into the metal of bells, casting them to heaven when played, so too were bells understood by the early church to represent the voice of God. In Creed the voices of the congregants are transmuted into bell tones, in such a way as to make the bells speak.

Creed is a four-part work that juxtaposes the voices of members of the congregation reading statements of faith with recordings of the bells of St Nicholas. The words are taken from the Church of England’s Nicene Creed, the more archaic Athanasius Creed and the contemporary Statement of Belief for the Inclusive Church.

The piece was made possible with the support of Rev'd Canon Karen Rooms with Alan Baker, Sylvia Bamkin, Seann Fernandes, Ian Imlay, Mark Ingle, Deborah Kiggwe, Rosemary Ogwuike and Susan Owera. Thanks also to Dr. Peter Batchelor for his role as producer for MTI2, and for collaborating on the audio signal processing that forms the final section of this piece.

Liminal were commissioned to make Creed by De Montfort University’s Music Technology and Innovation Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2) as part of their Interfaces research project for the In Situ — European Sounds in Space Festival held in Leicester from 13 – 15 December 2018. The project was co-Funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.