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Experimental music event launches in Worcester

An experimental music event series funded by Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants will launch as part of Worcester Music Festival 2022.

The series of events is called Soundings and the plan for the event is to bring some of the foremost experimental instrument makers and performers to Worcester.

A spokesperson from Soundings said: “This year-long program of events has been funded through Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants and will launch as part of Worcester Music Festival 2022, a not-for-profit music festival taking place between 16th – 18th September in multiple venues across the city.

“The first Soundings events will be taking place in St Swithun’s Church on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, September.

“They will add a distinctive new strand to the festival’s program that, while not part of the festival’s fundraising activity, will engage artists, reach new audiences and help establish St Swithun’s as a venue for exceptional live performances.

“Local artist and musical instrument maker Sam Underwood will curate and host this event, as well as present his own work as part of it.

“As an artist embedded in this unusual and innovative scene, Sam is uniquely placed to showcase this work and is looking forward to sharing his passion for it.”

Mr Underwood is keen to hear from local musical instrument makers who might be interested in showing their work as part of a short open session at each event.

Anyone interested should email soundings@mrunderwood.co.uk

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Peter Knott, Area Director for Arts Council England, said: “Taking part in music workshops like these is a fantastic way to bring people together to learn new skills, make new friends and discover new passions.

“Music and creativity have the power to boost wellbeing, confidence and self-expression so we’re delighted to be supporting this series of workshops through our National Lottery project grants.”

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Support for this project has come from Severn Arts with investment from the Arches Worcester project, which is funded by the Cultural Development Fund – a DCMS / Arts Council England fund that focuses on developing the economic impact of creative industries, arts and heritage.

The full program will be announced soon.

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