Voix Célestes

Maureen Jordan

Voix Celeste

Maureen Jordan


‘Voix Celeste’ (Heavenly Voices) is an organ stop consisting of either one or two ranks of pipes slightly out of tune, to produce a beating effect when combined with a normally tuned rank.

“I love this description and first learned of it when I was working with a deconstructed church organ during a residency in Johnson, Vermont. Then, during the on/off lockdowns, it struck me that our fate felt a bit like the child’s game of musical chairs where you must land on a seat when the music stops in order to be safe”.

In this installation landing on a seat will not provide safety but sounds of nature and music related to birdsong. An uplifting sound for us all, we became more acutely aware of birdsong and the sounds of nature when everything else quietened down. Birdsong has featured in the work of composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams and Oliver Messiaen. All of these elements are included in this installation.

Maureen Jordan is an award-winning artist from Northern Ireland, currently based in Folkestone. Her career in the arts included working with touring theatre companies; in artist development and at Arts Council England supporting many and diverse artists and performers. In 2009 she began developing her own artistic practice, inspired by Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture in 2008. Reclaimed materials and found objects used in her work include vintage furniture and ‘found sound’.


Maureen Jordan

Maureen Jordan



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9 July · Sat · 2:30pm
St Nicholas, New Romney
TN28 8AR
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St Nicholas · New Romney

St Nicholas Church, New Romney


St Nicholas Church
Church Lane
New Romney
TN28 8AR


New Romney was once a thriving port, with the harbour adjacent to St Nicholas' Church, in front of which a mooring ring can still be seen. In 1287 a storm changed the coastline dramatically and the port was destroyed, the town now being more than a mile from the sea. Four feet of silt were deposited inside the Church and around, which accounts for it being lower than the surrounding area. Large numbers of visitors come annually, attracted by the unique history and architecture; the church is one of the finest in the Diocese of Canterbury.

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