12 Years: Sarah Nicolls

07:30 pm |

An online musical story about the IPCC’s 12 Year deadline to the world.

Acclaimed pianist and composer Sarah Nicolls' new Inside-Out Piano project 12 Years was inspired by the 2018 IPCC Special Report saying we had just 12 years to radically change our behaviour to save the planet. Starting on the second anniversary of the report, 8 October, Sarah launches 12 nights of online performances.

With her striking vertical grand piano, Nicolls combines original music and recorded speech in an absorbing performance. Piano melodies and textures interweave with phone calls between three fictional characters challenging each other to either worry less or do more. We hear from environmental experts, survivors escaping from a wildfire and a glacier melting, eloquent speeches from Greta Thunberg and finally the sound of hope emerging. There is humour and humanity as well as time for reflection.

Post show Zoom Q&A with Sarah, RWCMD Head of Creative Programming Penny King and Dr Liz Bagshaw, Senior Lecturer, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences Cardiff University.

"What she does should be happening every week of the year" The Guardian

Produced by Sound UK. Sarah Nicolls is funded by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund

Running time: 1 hour



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