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Breathtaking beauty of South Downs National Park inspires melodies

Breathtaking beauty of South Downs National Park inspires melodies

A musician’s love of walking in the South Downs landscape has inspired a new album.

Composer Damian Montagu is releasing A Walk Into Reverie next month, following the success of his album In A South Downs Way.

The collaboration with actor Hugh Bonneville attained the No.1 spot in the UK Classical Charts.

A Walk Into Reverie is a brand new collection of work inspired by Damian’s deep love of the breath-taking beauty of his local South Downs area and the profound peace that walking there brings him.

Damian said: “This is a wondrous space for me. I derive so much pleasure and a deep sense of calm by walking alone in the landscape of the South Downs.

“It is during immersion in this tranquillity and stillness that the melodies come to me.”

This album is the second in the Walk Upon England project, led by Damian and Stewart, which aims to be a celebration of the English countryside as a source of creativity in music and poetry.

Damian adds: “Spending time in this wonderful landscape is both a productive and meditative experience. We are living in a new digital age; one in which we can now become overloaded by screens and excessive information and technology.

“I very much hope that this album will help to transport people to the kind of peaceful and reflective space that I found myself in whilst writing it.”

The album will be released on the Walk Upon England label, supported by Absolute Label Services.