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Canterbury Scratch Orchestra, directed by Sam Bailey, performed at the Sidney Cooper Gallery in the final episode of the free concert series this year. The ensemble do not fail to wow the audience with their free and subjective response to visual, literary and auditory stimuli, creating music of an improvisatory nature. Due to this unique method, both the audience and the ensemble experience different combinations of sounds every time they get together, and this concert was no exception. After a musical introduction from the entire orchestra, followed by an ethereal harp improvisation, Sam introduced guest performer and singer-songwriter Jack Hues to the stage, who performed 6 songs based on poet Kelvin Corcoran’s work, ‘Thesis on a Ballad’ with Sam on keyboard, backed by members of the ensemble.
A varied and moving programme, and another success for Scratch Orchestra, who will be performing next on 7th May in conjunction with Sounds New.
The free Sidney Cooper Gallery concert series will resume next term.
Kelly Butler, BMus Year 2