Last night, Friends and supporters of, and visitors to, Sounds New festival gathered in the towering atrium of Augustine Hall in order to witness the passing on of the festival flame.
New Chair of the Festival, Peter Bolton, welcomed and paid tribute to the achievements of Ian Odgers, former Chair, and to the outgoing Artistic Director, Paul Max Edlin.
Edlin responded in a speech reflecting on Sounds New’s long list of achievements, mentioning that, through its being broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Sounds New has reached around the world – ”there are people around the world who know of Canterbury through Sounds New” – and reflected on some of its highlights; visits from Penderecki, the London Sinfonietta, and last year’s performance in the Cathedral of Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple, attended by the composer himself.
Edlin then formally handed over to the new Artistic Director, Matthew Wright, who will lead the plans into next year’s festival – more about which, later.
James Williams of the Philharmonia then thanked all the partner organisations – including Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Kent, the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury City Council – who have come together to bring the Universe of Sound installation to Canterbury over the past two weeks.
The installation was then switched on, and visitors moved into the exhibition. As James said, it’s attracted thousands of visitors since opening and many daily school visits, 80% of whom have not been to a classical concert or seen an orchestra before.
There’s still Saturday’s live big band jazz in Whitefriars to look forward, and the Curious Curator exhibition until the end of the week at the Beaney Front Room.
Images © Sounds New / Peter Cook