River Song Film

Man playing a cello to the left, another man crouching down with his hand in large square pool of water, with reflected patterns of the pool projected onto the top right of the image, showing beautiful patterns of light off the water.

Documentary film of the Event and the Exhibition River Song | Music & Light Symbiosis No. 2


A short documentary film about the twilight music & light event ‘River Song’ curated by Kate Beaugié in 2018. Set in Kearsney Abbey & River Garage Studio, River, Dover, on the 13th October 2018.

This was the second of Kate's ‘Music & Light Symbiosis’ events. 

Kate was invited by Dover Arts Development (DAD) to be an artist-in-residence in the project ‘Art in the Park | Kearsney Interpreted’.

As a child, Kate was taken to Kearsney Abbey to look at the swans by her grandmother Elise Radcliffe. The project was inspired by the sparkling chalk stream and the swans that glide down it and was made in homage to those childhood experiences with a beloved Grandma.

A woman dressed as a swan leads us down the pristine chalk stream; the River Dour, past a cellist playing JS Bach, to the River Garage Studios, where an art exhibition of photograms of water patterns awaits, along with a concert of classical music, brought into a new dimension by an analogue, interactive water and light installation. 


Harp – Rachel Hamilton.

Cello – Mike Bacon.

Swan – Louise Hughes.

Water-shapers – Joseph Black, Miranda Carter and Kate Beaugié.

Film footage and sound recording by Peter Blach, Klip Films.

Photographic stills by Gabor Stark.


Film edited by Matt Appleby.

© Kate Beaugié 2018


Commissioned by Dover District Council and curated by DAD. 

Funded by Arts Council England & Heritage Lottery Fund.

Supporting logos: Kearsney Parks, Dover District Council, Dover Arts Development (DAD), Arts Council England, Lottery Funded: Heritage Lottery Fund.
Supporting logos: Kearsney Parks, Dover District Council, Dover Arts Development (DAD), Arts Council England, Lottery Funded: Heritage Lottery Fund.