2nd – 9th May

The Sounds New Festival ran in Canterbury from the 2nd-9th May 2014 and consisted of 37 events in seven days, focusing upon the very latest new music, sonic art, dance and poetry. As well as having an international following, with 2,500 hits the week before the festival on the Sounds New website (www.soundsnew.org.uk) and a average of 300 hits per day on the Sounds New blog during the festival (http://soundsnewblog.wordpress.com), the festival also engaged with local audiences in concert halls (St. Gregory’s Centre for Music, CCCU and the Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent) in gallery spaces (The Beaney, The Sidney Cooper Gallery) in site specific performances around the city (especially those designed in collaboration with Sounds New Poetry, based within the Centre for Modern Poetry at the University of Kent: http://soundsnew.org.uk/sounds-new-poetry/ ) and with a host of local schools and FE colleges.

The high-profile artists involved with the festival included The London Sinfonietta (including a four-day residency at St. Gregory’s Centre for Music), The Brodsky Quartet, Icebreaker, Exaudi, Evan Parker, John Harle and Wajahat Kahn. Within the festival programme, a large number of Music and Performing Arts staff ran their own QR or ACE-funded projects, including:

Dr. Sam Bailey: Free Range at Sounds New

Dr. Panos Ghikas: Migro Record Label Launch Event

Andy Hurst: Etched

Tina Krasevech: Carry Me On

Thomas Oehler: Mind the Composer! 

Dr. Lauren Redhead: Digital Opera

Robert Stillman: Four Devils: Score for a Lost Film

Dr. Matthew Wright: Cuckooland Revisited

Review of Gino Robair’s Open Form Opera  (staff involved: Dr. Lauren Redhead)

Review of Four Devils: Score for a lost film (staff involved: Robert Stillman)

Review of ‘Cuckooland Revisited (staff involved: Dr. Matthew Wright)

Review of Led Bib

Review of Icebreaker