Jon Calver

"When I was first told me about the invitation for Historyworks to tender for an Art Work for Cambridge to mark the Tour de France I was buzzing with ideas and discussing how we could build on our years together of making sound poems and installations and walking trails. It has been a fantastic creative journey bringing this altogether for the idea of a walking trail of songs geo-located around the city, shaping up how we will generate the voices for the Cycle of Songs, using our heritage practice, the singing traditions with Cambridge, to build a new soundscape to match the iconic architectural landscape".

As co-director of Historyworks I’m responsible for recording the Cycle of Songs choirs and then preparing the performances as sound files for the app created by Calvium and then weaving them together creatively to produce an arresting soundtrack for the short film the team at Historyworks will be making. 

As I begin to prepare all the kit and microphones for the recording sessions I’m looking forward to a collaborative exchange of ideas with the team of Choirs & Composers  and working in partnership with my co-director at Historyworks, Helen Weinstein, with Choir Director Rowena Whitehead and with Marcus Romer at Pilot Theatre on the artistic vision and choreography of the live events. I can’t wait to hear what’s been composed to celebrate the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in Cambridge on the 7th July.


I was a chapel chorister for 4 years at Keble College Oxford having previously sung in a Festival Choir and in the chorus for a number of operas and operettas. At the BBC I've had 19 years' experience as a sound engineer including much time spent with Radio 3 and Radio 4. I still engineer a broad range of programmes including:  Comedy (I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Cabin Pressure) Music  (Private Passions and The Playlist Series) Readings  (Book at Bedtime and Book of the Week) and Documentaries (Voices from the Old Bailey and Noise a Human History)

You can read more about my track record and our projects at Historyworks here:

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