Visit to M.V. Syntan

We had a wonderful morning visiting the M.V. Syntan, the beautiful barge which is going to journey down the River Hull from Beverley Beck for Open Bridges on September 22nd.

The former working barge, originally built in 1949 and owned by Richard Hodgson’s Tannery has been carefully renovated after being laid up for 20 years. Crew members and engineer Barry Freeman and Dave Tulloch showed us round, describing the fascinating history and fabulous machinery. The Syntan is now a heritage centre and can be used as a meeting place and available for hire.  It’s open to the public on Sundays April to September 11 am – 3pm, visitors, volunteers and potential members are made very welcome.

M. V. Syntan

Beverley Barge Preservation Society Chairman Iain Campbell has kindly invited us and Humber Film to make the journey from Beverley to Hull Marina on the Syntan when it heads into town for Hull Folk and Maritime Festival. We’ll be collecting images, film and timings in preparation for Open Bridges.

Rich took this gallery of photographs, click on an image to see the full picture and scroll along…

Rich & Lou

Open Bridges – freedom or freedom withheld? Hull, UK is the only city in the world where this can happen.

Open Bridges: The river journey and the bridges

Open Bridges – Hull City of Culture 2017 to be split in two: The River Hull runs directly through the centre of the city defining East and West Hull and the culture of the city. On September 22nd Open Bridges will signify the vital role bridges play in everyday life with a new musique concrète commission, a river journey and the mustering of historic vessels. For the first time in Hull’s history the city will be momentarily split in two, denying the freedom of movement east or west across the River Hull.

As the river journey ends the music begins

John Stead’s Open Bridges live premiere performance by will be diffused in octophonic sound featuring found sounds recorded from Hull bridges movements and operations. The programme includes rare performances of music concrete work by pioneers of electronic, electroacoustic and acousmatic music – Jean-Claude Risset’s “Elementa” and Francis Dhomont’s “Cycle du Son”.

Tickets for the music premiere on Friday 22nd September at Hull Stage@The Dock, Queen Street, Hull. HU1 1UU, doors 7.30 pm, £10 available from Hull Box Office.

Open Bridges is an independent Hull based project by Duffy-Howard Music in partnership with HCC Streetscene Services taking place during the City of Culture Freedom Season.

Project concept Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard

Photography © Richard Duffy-Howard

Visit the Beverley Barge Preservation Society