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2019/02/09 00:07 · admin

DESIGNED BY: Architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu.

The Singing Ringing Tree

is an art installation at Crown Point in Burnley, it consists of metal pipes of different lengths in a spiral that rings as wind blows through it from different directions The Singing Ringing Tree is a wind powered sound sculpture resembling a tree set in the landscape of the Pennine hill range overlooking Burnley, in Lancashire, England.

Completed in 2006, it is part of the series of four sculptures within the Panopticons arts and regeneration project created by the East Lancashire Environmental Arts Network (ELEAN). The project was set up to erect a series of 21st-century landmarks, or Panopticons (structures providing a comprehensive view), across East Lancashire as symbols of the renaissance of the area.

Designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu, the Singing Ringing Tree is a 3-metre tall construction comprising pipes of galvanised steel which harness the energy of the wind to produce a slightly discordant and penetrating choral sound covering a range of several octaves. Some of the pipes are primarily structural and visual elements, while others have been cut across their width enabling the sound. The harmonic and singing qualities of the tree were produced by tuning the pipes according to their length by adding holes to the underside of each.

In 2007, the sculpture won (along with 13 other candidates) the National Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence.

In March 2017, a second Singing Ringing Tree was set on the outskirts of Austin, Texas in the United States in the rural area of a small town called Manor.

2019/02/08 07:59

Grade II listed building

Empire Theatre

Burnley’s only Grade II listed purpose-built Victorian theatre. The auditorium was reconstructed in 1911 by eminent theatre architect Bertie Crewe, and survives in its original, elaborate form.


The 1,200-seat Burnley Empire was built in 1894, with the auditorium reconstructed in 1911 by Bertie Crewe. It is Burnley’s only Grade II listed purpose-built Victorian theatre. It has a high level of architectural interest, the principal feature being the Crewe interior. At the time of statutory listing, it retained most of the original structure and elaborate detail with robust and richly formed plasterwork in the Classical style. Although in poor condition, the theatre could be restored to use.

Why is this theatre at risk?

The theatre has been empty since 1995, when bingo moved out. By 1997, the disused upper level showed signs of fairly significant water penetration. Over the last year, the building has been subject to several cases of unauthorised access, one of which resulted in a fire. The building which has been under the jurisdiction of the Duchy of Lancaster for many years was due to go to auction in December 2018. It was feared that should this happen the building may have been purchased by a speculative buyer with interests in demolishing the Empire and developing the site. However, at the eleventh hour, local campaign group Burnley Empire Limited, with support of Theatres Trust, was able to acquire the theatre. Despite this huge step forward in the journey to rescue the building, there is an enormous way to go before the Empire is fully restored and reopened for its local community.

Current situation

In 2016 Theatres Trust and local campaign group Burnley Empire Theatre Trust (BETT – now Burnley Empire Ltd) working closely with other stakeholders including Burnley Borough Council commissioned a viability study on the future of the Empire.

The study by Bonnar Keenlyside and Theatresearch was conducted in two phases and identified a preferred option – an innovative and incremental approach to the renovation of the building. In the short term it would allow the development of the stage house into a fully independent night club / events space, with a long-term vision to fully restore the auditorium through an initiative with heritage skills training and to reopen it as a working venue.

Over the intervening time, BETT, together with Theatres Trust, has been working to establish partnerships with other potential stakeholders to see the ambition for the theatre turn to reality.

In 2018 it was announced that the National Trust were backing the campaign. In June 2018 after discussions between Theatres Trust, Theatreseach, the National Trust and Burnley Borough Council, National Trust and the Council co-chaired a workshop for key stakeholders in Burnley focusing on a future life for the Empire. Responses were enthusiastic.

At the end of an eventful year for the Empire which saw planning approval for a permanent café / bar within the original foyer, a fire, and the threat of auction. BETT finally realised the first step to its ambition and took ownership of the building.

This momentous step was enabled through the continued support from the Theatres Trust, National Trust and David Wilmore at historic theatre consultancy, Theatresearch – and the generosity of an anonymous donor. The Duchy, who kindly honoured its original offer to allow the group to buy the building for £1, transferred ownership to Burnley Empire Ltd (the company set up by BETT) on 5 December 2018.

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