Borderland Voices a charity promoting Health and Well-being through the Arts



Recording river soundsOur current project, Rivers of Life, is inspired by the spectacular river landscape around Leek and combines expeditions to different river sites with creative workshops in various art forms, including music, writing and visual art.

This compilation of river sounds, music and words was inspired by the Manifold River and was produced by Torben Franck for Borderland Voices.

River sounds and images were captured on digital equipment at Wetton Mill and then transferred onto computers at the Warslow Online Centre. Later, participants recorded spoken words, singing and poetry to add to the soundtrack.

Torben Franck then edited, mixed and constructed the composition with added piano music by Marianne Forelius.

We embarked on our river journeys from the Manifold at Wetton Mill in April 2005. We aim to return to home base in Leek in the early autumn of 2006 for a final celebration and exhibition at the Nicholson Institute.

To purchase a copy of the CD, please email us at

To listen to samples of the CD please click on these links Sample 1, Sample 2


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On Tuesday 24th Sept we are having a day at Tate Liverpool to see the current major exhibition of work by Marc Chagall. Subsidised by BV/Lloyds TSB, exhibition entry is £5; bring sandwiches or buy lunch there. Please let Andy know by 10 Sept if you want to come so she can confirm tickets. Rose will lead follow-up sessions inspired by the work.