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Graduale Nobili choir live in Festival Square during MIF

I’ve been shooting a series of official panoramas at this year’s Manchester International Festival, working for Toasted Productions on their wider media package for the festival. Now in its third year, MIF is going from strength to strength, with another selection of well-received original productions encompassing the full artistic spectrum. All of which helps Manchester make an even bigger mark on the global cultural map.

The location for this view is Festival Square, when Albert Square outside the City Hall is transformed into a cosmopolitan continental village for two weeks. On this, the opening weekend, we couldn’t have been luckier with the weather. Mancunians basked in the warm sun, and in the dulcet tones of this choir performing a cappella to the crowd.

Graduale Nobile are a 24 piece choir from Iceland, and they’ve been in Manchester for the last few weeks to support Björk‘s new show, Biophilia. I saw the opening night of Biophilia and truly loved it: an inspirational, ambitious and unpredictable performance with a host of talented performers… including this choir*. With its octagonal set and incredible visuals I would love to have shot a 360° of the Biophilia set…

Incidentally this panorama has already been published on the MIF website, but for the Flash version I’ve taken the liberty of adding some audio of the choir which I’d captured at the time. This hopefully gives a more powerful impression of the sheer impact and joy of their performance on this gorgeous summer’s evening.

*I’ve not been exposed to this much choral music since I was at school (I can still summon up parts of Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah almost verbatim when prompted!) And if you, like me, are interested in all things Icelandic, you may enjoy some panoramas I shot there in 2008, on a short but perfect autumn break.

HTML5 version

Click the icons above to view a fullscreen 360° view of the scene with Flash (for desktop) or HTML5 (for mobile). You can also view the location in Google Earth. Happy viewing!

Höfði, Reykjavík, Iceland (again)

I went back to reshoot the Hofdi house on my last day, as I wasn’t sure my night shoot had gone. The pale golden light of midday illuminated the building perfectly.

Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash or QuickTime format, or for more info in Google Earth and Wikipedia.

Graffiti wall on Saebraut, Reykjavík

I first clocked this at night as we drove along Saebraut, the coastal road which lazily leads into central Reykjavík from the east of the city, and resolved to visit it again during the day. Some great pieces on this warehouse, adding a splash of colour to an otherwise drab urban stretch.

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Austurvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland

Austurvöllur, a square in old town Reykjavik surrounded by the Parliament Building (Alþingishúsið), the city’s oldest church Domkirkja, and the wonderful Hotel Borg.

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The footbridge to Ráðhús Reykjavíkur

Ráðhús Reykjavíkur (Reykjavik City Hall) sits by the Tjörnin (pond) in Reykjavík. An elegant building, supposedly over 200 years of discussion preceded its commission in 1987. Municipal and national government work on a smaller scale than most other countries in Europe, and I think the footbridge entrance to the City Hall somehow reflects this. A very down-to-earth, practical and harmonious approach, like many Icelandic solutions.

A storm gathers over the harbour, and the ducks gather around the bridge, thinking they’re going to get fed. They know they’re on to a good thing: everybody with kids seems to come down to feed the wildfowl on the city pond.

Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash or QuickTime format, or for more info in Google Earth and Wikipedia.