In this edition of the Sampler, my aim is to provide some context and food for thought on music education…
Below, October guest editor Judith Robinson picks out her recommended events for the month. See the rest of her editorial content here.
An assembly tour: 1st, 2nd, 4th October | full details
I first met emerging composer Louis D’Heudieres when he was teaching music to very young children using Kodaly methods and taking my own son to hear Louis’ music performed was a seminal experience in his own musical journey. Here, he joins fellow composers Rowland Hill and Charlie Usher in a programme touring Manchester, London and Birmingham that promises exciting new music, film and performance.
Wet Sounds = Deep Listening in Water: 7th October | full details
This event by sound artist Joel Cahen will be an extraordinary experience for swimmers who can listen to his music over six channels both above and under water. Joel also co-founded the charity Liquid Vibrations, which combines sonic art and hydrotherapy for disabled children and young people. Don’t forget your swimsuit and goggles!
Simon Emmerson: Loudspeaker Orchestra concert: 10th October | full details
Simon Emmerson was a key figure in my own music education, introducing me not only to electroacoustic music, but also the art of shifting large amounts of equipment involved in the performance of that music, whilst a student. This event, in the atmospheric surroundings of St Alfege’s church in Greenwich, promises to be a good one!
Sound festival, Aberdeenshire
Sound festival is a long-standing partner of Sound and Music’s and always have a fun, engaging and challenging programme of events. My personal highlights of the festival for are:
- Go Compose, 14-16 October: sound festival’s Go Compose is the very first such partnership Sound and Music developed. Young people aged 14 – 19 work intensively with musicians from the Red Note Ensemble and are guided by professional composers – this year Edwin Hillier and Linda Buckley – as they create their own pieces. After 7 years of Go Compose, we see a real Scottish “hot spot” of young composers who subsequently attend our own Summer School for young composers, it’s a fantastic example of what can be achieved when a project is sustained over a significant period of time
- Other Times Other Places (installation by Christopher Fox), 23 – 27 October: a sound installation that is also the setting for live performances of composed and improvised music
- Promenade concert, 27 October: This morning promenade concert for viola/viola d’amore, oboe/cor anglais and amplified cactus in Aberdeen’s Maritime Museum is family friendly!