VISITORS to a Huddersfield church have the chance to step inside a piece of art.

As part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF), St Thomas’s Church is displaying an installation by video artists Visual Kitchen.

The piece is a series of light projections set together with music composed by HCMF composer in residence Jonathan Harvey.

Visitors to the church at Manchester Road, Longroyd Bridge, are encouraged to become part of the artwork by stepping on to a white square and immersing themselves in the sounds and visual projections.

Father Leslie Pinfield told the Examiner he was delighted the church had been chosen to host the installation.

He said: “We were pleased to welcome the festival this year.

“And the place they’ve chosen for the installation is so suitable for the space we have here.

“The combination of visuals and sounds are a mixture of bells and choir boys and light so I think it is very in-keeping with the church.

“You’re completely surrounded by the sound and it’s very exciting.”

The music that accompanies the projections was created by Harvey in 1980.

The electro-acoustic piece is named Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco.

Harvey composed the sounds by digitally manipulating a recording of his son singing at Winchester Cathedral and combining it with the chiming of the cathedral’s largest bell.

Visual Kitchen artists decided to take the music and combine it with a series of light projections.

But they soon realised visitors were too nervous to step on to the white square in case they ruined it.

So to encourage the public to take part they handed out plastic slippers that people could put on over their shoes.

Sam Vanoverschelde, founder of Visual Kitchen, said it was important people became part of the installation.

He said: “It’s the whole question of how people relate to a space that’s only created by sound.

“It creates an atmosphere that draws people’s attention to the middle of the cube.

“During daytime it’s more something intriguing when people stand around before going on to the video.

“At night it’s something to be submerged in.

“Since the projection is from above, people have light falling upon them.

“Sometimes it has little flecks like stars and sometimes the shapes alter people.

“If you look at it from afar and see people in the beam of light, it’s like a divine light falling down.”

Entrance to the church is free from 2pm to 6pm each day until Sunday.