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Last Saturday (22 Oct 2016), we were thrilled to see the realisation of CONNECT: The Audience as Artist. The day was kick-started by a thought-provoking conference for artists, arts organisations, audience members and curators, which was designed to address topics such as connecting music of today with a wider public, what do audiences and artists want, what can we learn from other art forms about engaging people in new work and the role of the funder. We’ll have more on the conference soon, including a posts from Project Manager, Barbara Palcynski on planning an event like this one – and a more photos from the day’s activities.

That evening, we then ventured across the river to St John’s Smith Square, where rehearsals with the public had been happening since Friday night. Over 60 participants signed up to take part in the performances of two new commissions by composers Christian Mason and Huang Ruo and on Saturday night both works received a warm reception with audience members excited by their involvement – performing on tinfoil, chains, baoding balls, glass bottles and harmonicas. We shared a handful of pictures on Instagram (see below or follow us here) which gave you a backstage pass to the rehearsals and organisation of such an event. Watch out for more photos still to come…


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