Secret Staircase

It’s been a long wait but performance is back, festivals are up and running and we have a new sound installation about to go live in Frome.

Free tickets

Book a free ticket for a 15 minute slot at one or more of 5 locations – all within easy reach of the centre of Frome. Visit for details and links for bookings.

The new work is inspired by the Nelson Staircase in Somerset House, London and other beautiful, dramatic and quirky staircases around the world. Come and experience sound moving up and down, rising and falling and floating in vertical spaces.

Composed by Helen Ottaway; performed by Nick Sorensen; visuals by David Daniels; recording by Alastair Goolden; staircase research and marketing by Steve Ehrlicher.

Secret Staircase is part of Frome Festival 2021

Frome Festival is 20 years old this year. Artmusic presented Lachrymae in the Round Tower Gallery of Black Swan Arts for the first Frome Festival in 2001. We have been intermittently involved in the intervening years and are thriiled to be premiering a new sound installation, Secret Staircase, in this anniversary year.

And if you can’t join us this time…

I realise that not all readers live near Frome. I’ll be working with animator David Daniels on an audio visual version of the piece and this will be available to view online later in the year. We’re also looking for festivals and venues to book the installation. It’s going to be such an easy work to tour, I really hope we get the opportunity to take it to other places. Watch this space…..

2 thoughts on “Secret Staircase

  1. Liz Feltoe July 1, 2021 / 9:41 am

    Hi Helen,

    I have booked a Secret Staircase slot at 10.45 on 6th and am looking forward to it very much!

    Hope to see you there??




  2. chris lurca July 7, 2021 / 10:23 am

    Love to ,shame its not nearer xxx


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