Coming to Canterbury: the Universe of Sound

Coming to Canterbury Christ Church University in three weeks’ time, a unique opportunity to explore the world of the orchestra.

Created by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Universe of Sound offers visitors the chance to step inside the world of the orchestra, and experience what it’s like to play with – and even conduct! – one of the finest orchestras in Holst’s epic The Planets Suite.

Brought to Canterbury in partnership with the Sounds New Festival, the installation has been at the Science Museum, and will tour the country afterwards. Don’t miss this terrific chance to see – and hear – what life is like amidst a symphony orchestra; visitors can explore different sections and instruments of the orchestra, follow the music, even play with the percussion section!

Admission is free, and the installation runs from April 27 to May 12.

Find out more online here.


Family festival fun tomorrow at the Gulbenkian

Coming up tomorrow, family events (and free entry for children) at the Gulbenkian Theatre.

Part of this year’s Sounds New Festival taking place in Canterbury at the moment, Sunday sees Worldwide Mother’s Day, celebrating international Mother’s Day with a feast of family-oriented fun, with musical performances every hour, art and drama workshops, dance, face-painting and more.

The event starts at 11am and runs until 3.30pm. Children go free when accompanied by a paying adult, tickets are £5.

More details on the Sounds New website here.

Festival of contemporary music in Canterbury: Sounds New starts this Friday

Canterbury’s very own festival of contemporary music, Sounds New, bursts into life starting this Friday, on 4 May.

Theme GB‘Theme GB’ celebrates the best of British music and musicians, with a range of renowned national and international performers, including the London Sinfonietta and the King’s Singers, performing a feast of new music at various venues in and around Canterbury until Tuesday 15 May.

For jazz enthusiasts, British jazz giant Julian Joseph will be appearing at the Gulbenkian Theatre, as will the BBC Big Band together with Norma Winstone and Mike Gibbs.

There’s a host of free events for children, including Worldwide Mothers’ Day celebrations at the Gulbenkian on Sunday 13 May, with free art, music, dance, drama and more throughout the day. A range of educational concerts, ‘All for One,’ will introduce new music and extended instrumental techniques to children across a series of three events. Other free events include lunchtime concerts, a poetry workshop, and more.

Children under the age of sixteen can attend any concert absolutely free (provided they are accompanied by a paying adult); a chance for young people to engage with new music, and perhaps be inspired to become the performers, composers and audiences of tomorrow!

Full details about the festival on the Sounds New website here.

Music to your ears…