Curious Curator at Sounds New 2014

April 23, 2014

The popular ‘Curious Curator’ exhibition returns to Sounds New this year, as students, sound artists and writers respond to the festival.

The exhibition this year features students from Canterbury College and University of Kent sound boffins, together with local writers. Inspired by Robert Wyatt’ss 2003 album Cuckooland, one of the pieces featuring in the ‘Cuckooland Revisited’ project with the Brodsky Quartet on Thursday 8 May at the festival, participants will respond to his music in a variety of ways.

Robert Wyatt is most famous for being a part of the Canterbury scene in the 1970’s as a founder-member of prog-rock giants, Soft Machine, and was himself educated locally at Simon Langton Boys’ Grammar School.

This year, for the first time, ‘Curious Curator’ will be exhibiting in Canterbury College’s Palette Gallery, in the main college building on the New Dover Road. Doors open on 2nd May, and the exhibition runs until 9th June, from 10am to 4pm; admission in free.

Curious Curator 2014

Curious Curator 2014

Come along to Sounds New to both see and hear ‘Cuckooland…’


A short film about Curious Curator

May 9, 2013

Setting up the ‘Curious Curator’ exhibition at the Beaney Front Room last Friday.

curious curator film 2013 from Peter Cook on Vimeo.


Gallery: behind the scenes: installing the Curious Curator exhibition at the Beaney Front Room

May 4, 2013

All images © Sounds New / Peter Cook


At the art of it all: Curious Curator opens tomorrow at the Beaney Front Room

May 3, 2013

Preparations have been underway today at the Beaney Front Room, in the heart of Canterbury, for the opening of our Curious Curator exhibition.

The exhibition features a number of creative responses to the theme of the Universe of Sound, the Philharmonia’s digital installation at Augustine House, which explores Holst’s The Planets suite. Embracing two- and three-dimensional art, sound and poetry, the exhibition is free and runs until Sunday 12 May.

And for those who can’t wait, here’s a teaser snapshot of what’s in store.

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Curious Curator: Sounds New exhibition at The Beaney

April 20, 2013

Sounds New encourages all manner of creative responses to contemporary music, and the 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 will include work from artists, musicians and poets from local schools and the community, the university and poetry groups, and runs from May 4 -12, including work from students from Langton School and the University of Kent: admission is free.

Curious Curator

Curious Curator: click to enlarge

Bring your curiosity…


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.