Created by musician and composer PHILIP ROBINSON, The St David’s Symphony Of Sounds is a sonic tapestry of the rich and varied community of St Davids, Exeter. An audio selection of people, places, events, music, things and wildlife – old and new, long-standing and transient, conventional and wayward. The Symphony is made up of four 20 minute movements (like a double LP).


Crediton Radio have kindly hosted the Symphony on their website. You can listen to the four movements at


Or you can access them on Soundcloud where you can download them for free – click on the track, then on the More box below it:


Tracklist details:

The intros and outros throughout are spoken by Willow Wilkie Robinson (6) and Esah Bleham (5)

The 1st Movement: 22’ 57”

dawn chorus (recorded by Rollo 2016) / Laura Blatherwick playing piano / Hugh McCann talking about a mystery / Strange Bedfellows (Keith Hunter, Matthew Shepherd, John Sealey & PR, live musical soundtrack to England v Argentina football match, 2002) / Lutfa Hassan talking about coming to Exeter (interviewed by Mona Hassan & Nazima Khan, Telling our Stories, Finding our Roots, 2013) / metal bannister down steps to Exe Street / Jamie Sexby Approach (St David’s Ambience Society CD 1997) / River Exe sluice gate adjusters / Leonard Lawrence talking about coal and the railway (re- corded by Laura Denning) / Spectrum Choir Spectrum – Say My Name (Devon’s first and thus far only LGBT+ choir) / Karen Cunningham talking about a hug / Exeter College students theatre workshop (1999) / Children Of The Drone performance at St Michael’s and All Angels Church (with Henry Tomkins, Matthew Watkins, Matthew Shepherd, Simon Egan, Keith Hunter, James Turner & PR, 2003) / Jade Rowden talking about singing and living at the YMCA / Paul Simon Northern Line, concert in St Thomas, the night before his Jolly Porter Folk Club show, St David’s Hill, 1965

The 2nd Movement: 20’ 53”

Jamie In The Face Of performance (Phoenix Arts Centre 2011) / work- men working, Kelvin Lacy talking about plumbing and plastering / Pig Noise Boys The Quiet, I See (David Axford & PR, 2017) / unknown local woman talking about the dairy (recorded by Laura Denning) / Alex Hibberd talking about the Mulberry Tree Cafe / Fadi Al Naji performing at Refugee Music Night (with David Heathfield) / The Price family talk- ing about the dairy (recorded by Laura Denning) / various dogs / V&P Big Band Black Dog (Vaughan Gallavan & PR 2007) / Dorleta Diego talking about exercise / Gina Richards talking about the Veitch Lamp Post Trail / Royal Albert Memorial Museum clocks (1996) / Ginny Baker talking about working at Exeter Community Centre as the West of England School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (recorded by Laura Denning) / Bux freestyle rapping a song with PR (Shilhay Community 2011) / Vespers from St Michael’s and All Angels Church (recorded in ‘Lockdown’ by Ku Sun-Tzu)

The 3rd Movement: 22’ 20”

Bold Set Of Ruffians Wonderous Love (Nick Peed & PR) / Abdullah Kuzu talking about being a refugee (interviewed by Richard Brad- bury & Anita Nathwani, Telling our Stories, Finding our Roots, 2013) / Exeter College students en masse, Queen Street / children’s tap dancing class (2004) / Hannah Reynolds talking about the mul- berry tree / Luke Tindall Swallow (St David’s Ambience Society CD 1997) / Stéphanie d’Haussy talking about debate and tolerance / John Sealey talking about what now / children speaking Shakespeare: Kate, Georgia, Anna, piano by Mary Robinson (Macbeth film sound- track 1995) / Sean talking about being a Big Issue seller, Exeter Central / Mike McInerney Humbox interlude 1 / Lutfa Hassan talking about her sari (interviewed by Mona Hassan & Nazima Khan, Telling our Stories, Finding our Roots, 2013) / Seat Of The Pants Orchestra with Aaron Jeffery, Vaughan Gallavan, PR (live soundtrack to Cops, a Buster Keaton silent movie, 2010) / Tania In The Face Of performance (Phoenix Arts Centre 2011) 

The 4th Movement: 22’ 32”

River Exe at Miller’s Bridge / Pig Noise Boys The White, Dawn (David Axford & PR, 2017) / Leonard Lawrence talking about the war (recor- ded by Laura Denning) / Jo singing Silly Games (Shilhay Community 2011) / on The Iron Bridge humming to the Cathedral bells (2000) / Zorro talking about masking loss (interviewed by Sasi Phongploenpis & Gordon Chang, Telling our Stories, Finding our Roots, 2013) / Alison Whittall, Andi Tobe, Gill Unstead singing (in a Richard III performance, Emma Brown as Lord Grey being executed, 2001) / various door bells, very squeaky door (2008) / Celia Drummond speaking a train announce- ment / Hugh McCann talking about people rushing / Ray and Laura In The Face Of performance (Phoenix Arts Centre 2011) / Ryan Maddocks talking about being a chef at the YMCA / Vespers from St Michael’s and All Angels Church (recorded in ‘Lockdown’ by Ku Sun-Tzu, remixed by PR) / Mike McInerney Humbox interlude 2 / Raven Words reading I Write




Philip Robinson

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