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Songs of Hope

Audio walk

  • 20-24 September 2023
  • Bere Regis

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Enjoy this audio walk / song cycle by composer Laura Reid.

Featuring words by writers who responded to the poem ‘Hope’ is the thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson.

You’ll hear a variety of songs and soundscapes featuring voice, piano and electronically manipulated strings and field recordings. Listen on a mobile phone using GPS location software that can be downloaded in advance of your visit (link coming soon).

Themes include sustenance, life cycles and renewal – but ultimately our universal need as humans to find hope in challenging times.


Composer and Producer: Laura Reid

Writers: Ahed Al Hamwi

Katie Columbus

Oge Nwosu

Teresa Howard,

Soprano Gweneth Ann Rand

Piano by Allyson Devenish.

Visual artists: Heidi Stellar and Amy Reid


To make the most of the audio walk, there are a few things you can do in advance:

  • Bring a smart mobile phone, fully charged and headphones.
  • Download the app echoes.xyz before the walk.
  • Scan the QR code below using your phone camera to get to the Songs of Hope, Wild Woodbury page or use the search function.
  • Download the walk, press blue arrow.
  • Press Start or Stream the walk to get to the map page (you have to be in the location for it to begin).
  • Use the locate me and play pause icons to navigate through the map box.
  • Follow the circles / echoes to hear each song

Additional information:

  • Please bring water with you.
  • The walk will happen around the field area at Wild Woodbury. One whole version of the route is available to stream by the grandfather wooden statue / seating area.
  • The walking route is mostly via the accessible pathway but users can make their own route through the field by following the echoes on the map box via the app.
  • Please note all children or young people under 16 need to be supervised by a responsible adult. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Download more information from artist Laura Reid: Programme notes Songs of Hope, Inside Out Dorset 2023


The festival location has some uneven paved areas but mostly consists of undulating grassland, fields and rough tracks.

On Saturday 23 September there will be Audio Desciption, tactile tours and a BSL interpreter for performances of Songs for a Shifting Soil and Five Seasons. Please meet at the main information desk thirty minutes before the performance for more information.

Volunteers will also be available to provide help and information.

Plan Your Visit

Wild Woodbury, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s rewilding site, Bere Regis, BH20 7LL.
Once on Southbrook Road, the entrance to Wild Woodbury is along a track opposite Elder Road.

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