Festival's sounds of furies and lightning
CONTEMPORARY orchestra the London Sinfonietta will open the 12-day Sounds New festival at Canterbury Christ Church University's Augustine Hall tomorrow night (Friday). The festival includes jazz, classical and choral music.
Saturday is devoted to jazz with the BBC Big Band at the Gulbenkian Theatre and jazz bands in Whitefriars Square, Canterbury.
Dynamic Danish ensemble MidtVest will perform at St Gregory's Centre for Music on Sunday at 8pm.
The Rhodri Davies Ensemble will be at St Peter's Methodist Church on Tuesday, collaborating with the Sounds New Poets from the University of Kent.
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Each member of the ensemble has composed a piece to be played during the concert, which will be recorded for BBC Radio 3.
Turner Contemporary in Margate will host the world premiere of John Croft's A Fury's Curses in association with Brunel University next Thursday, with mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg.
Before the show, John and Loré will discuss the challenges of creating and performing a contemporary opera.
A Fury's Curses is based on Jean Ardieu's one-woman theatre piece Les Maledictions d'une Furie.
Saxophonist Evan Parker and pianist Sam Bailey will collaborate with Sounds New Poets at the Old Synagogue on May 14, when Matt Wright will use real-time sampling and audio processing to evoke a sense of movement.
CoMA London presents eight pieces in St Gregory's Centre for Music, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, at 1pm on Sunday.
Among them will be Philip Cashian's Star Machine, taken from Alan Wall's book The Lightning Cage. It describes a vicious machine made from an old iron bed with leather restraints, used in the Chelsea Lunatic Asylum.
The concert will last an hour with no interval. Tickets cost £5.
Tickets for all performances are available at www.marlowetheatre.com or from 01227 787787. For details visit www.soundsnew.org.uk