Festival preview: the Demon Gin

May 1, 2014

Kent’s cultural blogger, The Demon Gin, has been on the prowl recently, and has written fiercely about the forthcoming festival. Read it online here; be warned (if you’re reading this in a public place), it will make you laugh out loud… With thanks to TDG!

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Festival feature in the news

April 12, 2014

Delightmemt and excitement coursing through the corridors of Sounds New HQ at this feature in the local press on Thursday.

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Find out about all the events at Sounds New next month online here.


Sounds New announces new appointments

April 15, 2013

Sounds New, Canterbury’s Contemporary Music Festival, is delighted to announce two new appointments.

The Guest Artistic Director for the 2014 Festival will be Dr Matthew Wright, whose background is in contemporary music, DJ technology, brass band and community music. Matt works as a composer, improviser and sound artist at the edges of concert and club culture, his output stretching from scores for early music ensembles and contemporary chamber groups to digital improvisation, turntablism, website installations and large events combining DJs, new music performers and digital media. His music is released on a number of labels, but he has most recently received worldwide distribution with a CD he composed in collaboration with legendary saxophonist Evan Parker. The CD, named Trance Map, gained a four-star review in the Financial Times, with reviewer Mike Hobart claiming the work ‘enthrals and soothes in equal measure’. Continue reading


Sounds New a winner at the Canterbury Culture Awards

June 22, 2012

We’re delighted to announce that Sounds New was awarded Destination Canterbury 2012 at last night’s Canterbury Culture Awards. This award, sponsored by ABode, is given to the arts organisation that brings the greatest national and international cultural credit to the city;

For an organisation, group or individual who has done most in the last twelve months to raise the profile of the District’s cultural offering regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re extremely proud; the award is a terrific acknowledgement of the Festival’s efforts in bringing major cultural figures to Canterbury, significant composers, performers and ensembles from the world of international contemporary music and giving people in the region the opportunity to experience music performed by many of the world’s leading national and international players, as well as all the related arts and educational projects that combine in Sounds New. The entire team behind the delivery of this year’s Festival, including its Artistic Director, Paul Max Edlin, and Festival Manager, Michelle Castelletti, is thoroughly delighted.

culture_awardsCongratulations to all the winners at last night’s award ceremony, which recognised the region as a vibrant cultural area with a great deal of individuals, organisations and events contributing to make Kent a dynamic area, rich in artistic and creative initiatives.