*** Totally Thames Festival 2020 ***

*** Quattropole Music Prize 2019 Jury selection ***

*** Tete-a-Tete Oper Festival 2018 and 2019 ***

NEWS: Upcoming Events: Fleet Footing: Walk with the Creators as part of Totally Thames Festival 2020: https://thamesfestivaltrust.org/whats-on/fleet-footing-1557/

Sat 5th September and Sun 27th September  – 11.00 Meeting point Vale of Health Pond on Hampstead Heath. To reserve you place, download the audio material and map from Bandcamp (scroll down for link below)


A bold new work combining music and interactive performance in an exploration of London’s lost river, Fleet Footing is a music walk charting a course along the path of the River Fleet through live, interactive and recorded materials.

Having flowed through history as a site for religion, trade, medicine and scandal, the Fleet was gradually covered up by the city’s development. Though all but invisible now, the river’s impact on London has left clues and hints behind: in the curves of the streets, the names of the roads, the viaducts across what is now only asphalt..

Combining a site-responsive sonic work with a specially commissioned map by Rowanne Anderson, Fleet Footing enables participants to follow this forgotten part of London’s landscape from its source at Hampstead to its mouth at Blackfriars, discovering as they walk the river’s history. This is 360˚ experience where the audience move through the city and become themselves part of the performance.

Using binaural sound recording technology, the boundaries between musical space and urban location will be blurred to allow a creative rediscovery of local geography. Composer Catherine Kontz, whose works often embrace elements of theatre and a visual dimension, teams up with writer Sarah Grange to create this site-specific piece that unearths the Fleet’s rich history. With dramatic direction and guiding instructions, the participants become performers themselves within the blend of recorded material and the sound of the city to create an interactive and immersive experience.

Count 4-5 hours to do the entire walk, especially if you are walking in a group. (approx. 6 miles/10 km, with 45 minutes of pauses at 17 listening stations). You can of course run it, cycle it, march it or even just dream of it – however we conceived it as a leisurely walk to do in parts or in one go! 

The Fleet Footing route is step free and buggy-friendly, although some of the Hampstead Heath sections are woodland paths and therefore quite uneven in places. There is lift access to the Holborn viaduct upper level, which is clearly marked on the map. 

Bear in mind that all participants will need their own pair of headphones which connects to a device that contains the audio material. Headphone splitters can be useful, especially when walking with children.

Also, if you would like to do the walk in the presence of one of the artists (Sarah Grange or myself) then please get in touch. (minimum fee/number of people usually applies) . Email catherinekontz [at] gmail.com


from BANDCAMP £7.99 (plus VAT) – (Choose wav, aiff, flac, mp3 and includes the map):


from iTUNES (audio only) – £7.99 and download the map and instructions here:

DOWNLOAD MAP (all in one)



from NOUTEFABRIK  – £7.99 (You will be sent the audio material and map to the email address that you provide. Bear in mind it can take a little moment for me to get back to you). If you need it quickly, please choose the bandcamp or iTunes options)

Any problems, please contact me at catherinekontz [at] gmail.com .

Featuring: Bill Bankes-Jones, voice – Michael Drout, anglo-saxon voice – Juliet Fraser, soprano – Sarah Grange, voice – Tom Jackson, clarinets – Catherine Kontz, voice – piano, waterphone and reed organs – Sibylla Meienberg, voice – Edgar Vaxby, Emmylou Vaxby and Evie Vranic-Britten, voice – translations into Old English and Norse provided by Rory Naismith and Brittany Schorn – binaural recordings by James Bull – Mixed by Henri Vaxby and Catherine Kontz for une cartouche – Map by Rowanne Anderson. With thanks to everyone who participated in “I can definitely hear it”. Now For Norbert July 2018

Launched as part of the Tête-à-Tête opera festival 2018.

Catherine Kontz is supported by PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music and Hinrichsen Foundation

Fleet Footing was launched as part of the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival 2018

Saturday 28th July and Sunday 29th July 14:00 – 18:00 and Friday 3rd August (short walk starting at 17.00 sharp at the Vale of Health Pond and/or a flash-mob style happening at 19.00 at St Pancras Old Church.

Catherine Kontz is supported by PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music and Hinrichsen Foundation