Cycle of Songs: Arts Council Project to Mark the Tour de France

Historyworks teamed up with a variety of partners to win the commission for marking the Tour de France with an Arts Project in Cambridge.  The commissioning partner for Arts Council England was Cambridge City Council, working alongside the Cambridge Junction, the Cambridge University Museums, Great St Mary's, and a wonderful range of musicians and community choirs, artists and composers.  



Cycle of Songs report

Commissionig the  Cycle of Songs artists and choirs based on historical sources pinned to Cambridge places

The main partner for the funding bid was Pilot Theatre, York, whose digital expertise was invaluable for the project. As Creative Director, Helen Weinstein commissioned the 9 pieces of music all inspired by research of history stories pinned to the route of the Tour de France through Cambridge. As Technical Director, Jon Calver recorded all the pieces top quality, with a range of particular challenges in the Cambridge locations and choirs.  There were a range of public events on the journey with choirs performing in Cambridge locations, culminating in a mass grouping of community choirs and primary choirs who sung to the Tour De France cyclists as they cycled past the steps where our singers were assembled at the Fitzwilliam Museum.  You can read an illustrated report about this special day of the Tour De France Cycle of Songs event here.

The Cycle of Songs Free Geolocated App & Website of Resources and illustrated blogs at 

For the project legacy, the main delivery was a FREE app, with all the recordings delivered to your smartphone, which was produced by Historyworks and delivered by Calvium, using digital coded technology which pinpoints your geolocation in Cambridge and plays the closest song to your position.  You can also access all the resources, with the song recordings, information about the artists and choirs on the Cycle of Songs website written and maintained by Historyworks which you can find here:

The Cycle of Songs Report - Autumn 2014

For transparency the Cycle of Songs Report which was compiled in partnership by Marcus Romer and Helen Weinstein and Jon Calver and completed by Historyworks has been made available via Microsoft Word doc so that you can download it here:

Cycle of Songs report



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