Reflections on an exciting summer

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Reflections on an exciting summer

After an exciting and intense start to the summer we are taking this as an opportunity to reflect on some of the highlights before looking ahead to our autumn programme.

Over the last month we have produced three exciting residencies, all very different but all equally enjoyable! We began the summer being joined by Anna Meredith as the Artistic Director of a residency at the Museum of Science and Industry connecting to the European City of Science celebrations (this month’s picture pick). We had a week of incredible composition and collaboration from eight fantastic young musicians, four visual artists and a top team of Sound Engineers. Huge thanks to Anna Meredith, Eleanor Meredith, Jack Ross and Speth Hughes for taking time out of their hectic summer schedules to lead the residency and special thanks to the Museum of Science and Industry for being fantastic partners!

Last week saw the first of our summer schools in partnership with Urban Development. The I Live Hip Hop residency concluded on Friday with recordings and a sharing of some great tracks inspired by a week of production and lyrics. Special thanks to all the artist team: Visceral, Persia, G Kut and Yousef – and of course to our special guest Bugzy Malone who fired the imagination of the group with stories from Manchester about self, circumstance and success. Live recordings and video will be coming soon.

Also happening last week, our Life on Shuffle group down in Crewe enjoyed an incredible week of music-making. Phill Howley (this month’s blog) led a team of artists that included Ben SOS and Rioghnach Connolly from Honeyfeet – thank you to Love Music Trust, Cheshire East Youth Service and YMCA in Crewe for making it happen!

Outside of the programme a huge summer highlight was finding out that we had been successful in our application to the Arts Council’s Catalyst Evolve fund. This is a great opportunity to really grow and strengthen our artistic programme alongside the exciting new capital development here at Band on the Wall.

At the end of this we wave a fond farewell to Sara Lowes – composer of Graphene Suite (this month’s Listen) and long-term producer / project manager – who left Brighter Sound and Manchester to take up a new post at Modern Art Oxford. Thank you to Sara for everything she has contributed to Brighter Sound over the last three years and we wish her all the best in her exciting new role – hopefully some future collaborations will be afoot!

Alongside this momentous summer we have been busy putting together a broad and varied autumn programme exploring the foundations of musicianship: the classics and the experimental – we hope there is something for everyone.