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Latest News for-Wards Community Music Project, Sun 26 Oct @ The Drum


for-Wards Community Music Project, Sun 26 Oct @ The Drum

October 24th, 2014 1:05 pm

At The Drum we are always looking for new ways to get our audiences involved in the arts and express themselves. We are therefore proud to present for-Wards, a hyper-local music project funded as part of Sound and Music’s touring programme, giving communities the opportunity to contribute to the creation of new music.

The project is produced and led by composer Bobbie-Jane Gardner who, with a team of composers and professional musicians, will lead a series of workshops focussed on discovering sounds that represent local neighbourhoods. These sounds and other input from the workshops will be used to write original music, which will then be performed in the communities where they were inspired.

Composers will collaborate with those who take part in the workshops to create ‘sonic maps’ of their neighbourhoods that will form the basis of these new compositions, to be performed in each community in March next year.

 During each workshop participants will:

– Use maps to locate places and sounds of interest in their neighbourhood

– Go on a walking tour to record the places and sounds of interest using audio recorders and mobile phones

– Work with a professional sound artist, composer and film maker

This pilot project will work with residents living in Balsall Heath, Newtown and Small Heath. Each workshop will last for two hours – starting at 12 noon and finishing at 2pm, and are free. Places are limited to 15 participants for each workshop.

Workshop dates:

Newtown residents: Sun 26 Oct, 12 -2pm, The Drum Arts Centre

Small Heath residents: Sat 1 Nov, 12-2pm, Small Heath Library

Balsall Heath residents: Sat 8 Nov, 12-2pm, mac arts centre


For more information, contact Andrene Miller on 0753 238 4474 or info@for-wards.co.uk, or visit www.soundandmusic.org