Image Gallery: All for One

June 19, 2013

As part of Sounds New’s educational mission, the popular All for One series of concerts for schools and families ran again last month at St Peter’s Methodist Church, Canterbury.

Pictured are pupils from St Peter’s Methodist School and St Stephen’s Junior School, working with Phil Wright from the Philharmonia on pieces including Paul Burnell’s Aim Straight for Starlight.

Images © Sounds New / Peter Cook (used with permission)


Sounds New educational events in May

March 27, 2013

As usual, education is a key aspect of Sounds New’s mission to help introduce audiences – particularly younger ones! – to today’s music, and this year is based around the Universe of Sound project which the Philharmonia is bringing to Canterbury next month. Once again, Sounds New is pleased to be making many of these events free, as we inspire and enthuse younger minds and take them to the stars – and maybe even beyond!

sn_educationThe education arm opens with Star Compositions And Darker Matters on Wednesday 17 April, from 9:15 till 3pm at Canterbury Christ Church University. This will be an interactive composition day for 13-18 year olds, at which Richard Slaney from the Philharmonia, who made the installation, will introduce ideas behind the the Universe of Sound. Sounds New composers will also explore new composing techniques and the music of one of the key British composers of the twentieth century, Gustav Holst. This is a practical day too, so we encourage people to bring their instruments!

Returning this year will be the Sounds New Roadshow, for which you can book a performance of new music at your school or community venue, given by students from Canterbury Christchurch University, led by our Education Manager, Peter Cook. Performances last about fifty minutes and will be tailored to suit each age-group, including primary and secondary schools and community groups. The roadshow will be ‘on the road’ from May onwards! Visits are free but organised on a first-come, first-served basis so booking is essential.

Our popular series of All for One concerts for any school or community group together with their relatives and friends will also be returning to Sounds New, taking place at 11am on May 7 and May 9 at St Peter’s Methodist Church in Canterbury. On May 7, musicians from both the Philharmonia and Sounds New will perform new works plus a new piece, Aim Straight For The Starlight. The concert on May 9 will showcase new music, including a performance by members of the Philharmonia. Admission for these concerts is £1 (discretionary)

Lift-off!

Lift-off!

Families can enjoy A Musical Guide To The Galaxy on Sunday May 5 at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, between  11am-5pm; an action-packed family day of extraordinary musical happenings with workshops and dance too. Sample bite-sized concerts in the Gulbenkian Theatre and the new-Colyer Fergusson Concert Hall (next to the Gulbenkian Theatre) as well as hands-on arts activities in the foyer. Admission is free for children and £5 for adults. More on the Gulbenkian webpage here.

Curious Curator, an exhibition of artwork, poetry and sound installations inspired by our theme of the Universe of Sound, will be at the Front Room at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, in the heart of Canterbury. The exhibition runs from May 4 – 12, showcasing work from students from Langton School and the University of Kent: admission is free.

For more information about any of these events or to book, please e-mail the Education Manager, Peter Cook. we look forward to welcoming the young (and the young-at-heart) to the exploration of new music with Sounds New once more this year.


Piper at the Gates: Idiophonics and home-made instruments

May 9, 2012

St Peter’s Methodist Church resounded to the sound of home-made instruments yesterday, at the second in the ‘All for One’ series of educational events as part of this year’s Sounds New Festival.

Organised by Peter Cook, local school-children flocked to the church to explore a variety of home-made instruments concocted from all manner of found, everyday objects, including plastic piping and kitchen utensils – not the sort of materials you might expect, perhaps!

Piper

Pictured above is one of them: a fanfare trumpet made from a length of plastic piping and a kitchen liquid-funnel, played from the balcony at the back of the church in true heraldic fashion.

The last event in the ‘All for One’ series is tomorrow, when students from Christ Church University will explore all manner of extended techniques on several instruments, showing how contemporary composers can get instruments (and players) to do things you might not expect!

The event starts at 11am at St Peter’s Methodist Church.