Composition Day gets Sounds New underway

A couple of images from the Star Compositions and Darker Matters composing day last week, with which this year’s Sounds New began.

Involved in the event were pupils from Simon Langton Girls Grammar School and Barton Court Grammar School.

The day involved a fascinating talk from Richard Slaney, head of digital at the Philharmonia, who showed the pupils a tantalising part of the Universe of Sound exhibition before it opens this Saturday.

Then Paul Edlin, outgoing artisitic director of Sounds New, gave us all an insight into Holst’s The Planets, including the detail that Holst lived in Essex!

Education Manager Peter Cook and Paul then took the musicians on a voyage of compositional discovery, exploring ideas from Holst’s music combined with improvisation techniques, culminating in the pupils’ performing the results of all their hard work.

A great day, and a terrific start for this year’s Sounds New.

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