Voices from the Peak


[photo credit: Dave Sturt]

Poet and recording artist Mark Gwynne Jones has created an audio-artwork called Voices from the Peak to celebrate the upcoming 70th birthday of the Peak District National Park (April 17, 2021).

This poetic soundscape can be downloaded from the link below. The work will also be presented at events yet to be announced in 2021.

"This is a work of rare quality as timeless as its subject. I’ve spent decades producing radio dramas and documentaries and my indisposition to what I hear currently is now - overturned. Bravo!" - John Tams

“The fascinating quest of the poet Mark Gwynne Jones… an array of audio odysseys…” - The Times

You can listen to an interview on 25 April with Mark on BBC Radio Derby - listen in at 2 hours 37 minutes (available until 24 May)

Voices from the Peak is supported by the Arts Council England; the Peak District National Park Authority; and Derbyshire County Council.


Voices from the Peak: a journey through the Peak District in word and sound - featuring the atmospheres, wildlife and stories of this strange and beautiful land of contrasts. Headphones recommended!

  • Chapter 1 - Burning Drake (MP3 file, 18.7MB) The story of forces underground that have shaped not just the landscape but also its people. Including the story of lead, how miners tracked and found lead through ancient methods such as plant lore and dowsing, and occasionally by spectacular means such as a 'Burning Drake' or shooting star.

If you would like to be informed when the next chapters of the Voices From The Peak soundscape are made available, and when future performances take place, email: We will keep your email securely and will only use it for the purposes of letting you know about the Voices From The Peak project. You can unsubscribe at any time by emailing If you would like to know more about how we look after your information, please view our privacy notice.

Mark Gwynne Jones

[photo credit: Sam Johnson]


Produced by Mark Gwynne Jones and Paul Hopkinson.

Written and recorded by Mark Gwynne Jones.

With music from PsychicBread -; Dave Sturt -; The Wyns Tor Singers -; and, Sjal -;

Special thanks to Tom Marshall; Alison Riley; Anna Kerr, Alan Swain; Russell Sims; Jo ‘Spice’ Blackwood; John Tams; Dave Goodway; Nigel Christy; Gavin Repton; and, John Barnatt.

Further information


Performance dates for 2020 and 2021 yet to be announced.

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