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Soundscapes of Heaven and Earth

The RNCM School of Wind, Brass and Percussion presents a festival that explores the contrasting soundscapes of Heaven and Earth and the spaces in between.

There’ll be fascinating stuff going on throughout the building – both in our venues and via ‘pop-up’ performances in public spaces where you least expect them…

Ancient and contemporary worlds will be brought to life in this day of experimentation. From the appearance of the carnyx – an instrument of the Iron Age Celts also known as ‘the mouthpiece of the Gods’ – in James MacMillan’s The Company of Heaven, to the harshness of modern industrial society in Michael Daugherty’s Motown Metal and John Kenny’s Multiplex, there will be an evocative, eclectic soundtrack to the day.

Expect performances of brilliance, artistry and imagination as RNCM students perform alongside guest artist and trombonist, musical archaeologist and carnyx player extraordinaire John Kenny.

Nicholas Thompson artistic director

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