Sound UK and Yorkshire Festival are delighted to present an exciting new commission and collaboration from internationally acclaimed composer Gavin Bryars and poet Blake Morrison in partnership with Northern.

Together they have created a new work inspired by, and to be experienced on, the Northern stopping train from Goole to Hull and return. Listeners are invited to download the free track from, board the train at Goole or Hull and embark on a uniquely personal artistic journey through the Yorkshire countryside (or indeed listen to it anywhere).

Click here for timetable information to follow the recording and find out more about the Sonic Journey here.

On 21 June, a special event will take place on board a Northern train carriage on the services below, with headphones provided by global audio specialist Sennheiser, installed and playing the piece throughout the day.

07.40 Hull > Goole 08.17
09.20 Goole > Hull 09.58
10.18 Hull > Goole 11.00
15.17 Goole > Hull 15.55
18.25 Hull > Goole 19.00
20.18 Goole > Hull 20.55

Please note: the headphones will be installed in 20 seats on one Northern carriage on Tuesday 21 June only. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating which train you plan to take to request a headphone voucher.

Capacity is limited and headphones are available on a first come first served basis. Please note no headphones will be available on the 12.17 Goole to Hull train or 13.25 Hull to Goole train on 21 June.

Sonic Journey: Gavin Bryars + Blake Morrison is composed as a series of movements be played as the stopping train leaves each station on the journey between Goole and Hull or vice versa. Scored for viola, cello, bass, electric guitar and spoken voice, the work was recently recorded at National Theatre, London by Gavin Bryars and Blake Morrison together with members of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble.

“This journey has strong links to the area of East Yorkshire where I grew up, and this commission allows me to engage creatively with this environment for the first time. I have long admired Glenn Gould’s remarkable train journey-related The Idea of North as well as the obsessive train pieces by the Canadian Eldon Rathburn, who made the final realisation of Percy Grainger’s Train Music. This project with Blake gives me the chance to make my own train music at last.”  Gavin Bryars

“There's something especially exciting about collaborating with Gavin for a project that's happening in the area where he grew up. The landscape passengers see out the train window is very different from the one I know from my childhood, in the Yorkshire Dales, but it's rich in history and has its own kind of beauty. I'm looking forward to the challenge of doing justice to it - and to offering poems and vignettes that can be heard along with Gavin's music.” Blake Morrison  

Yorkshire Festival 2016 is the UK’s newest international festival which runs from 16 June - 3 July, and promises world premieres and UK exclusives with spectacular outdoor performances as well as music, theatre, arts and dance, from theatres to clubs across the region.

Sonic Journey: Gavin Bryars + Blake Morrison is a Yorkshire Festival / Sound UK commission.  Produced by Sound UK. Funded by Arts Council England.  Supported by Northern, Sennheiser and Junction.

Listings information:

Sonic Journey: Gavin Bryars + Blake Morrison

16 June – 16 July: Free audio download available at  

21 June: Listening Event, Northern train carriage

26 July – 6 August: Sonic Journey: Gavin Bryars + Blake Morrison 

Exhibition and sound installation 

Featuring photography by Sara Teresa

Junction, Paradise Place, Goole, DN14 5DL

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