‘. . . a refreshing antidote to the usual ‘classical music’ concert’.

Not poetry, but I thought it might be of interest 🙂

Sonic Coast 1

The first in our series of Contemporary Classical Music Concerts in West Dorset – Sonic Coast [1] – took place at the end of July. It was a beautiful summer evening and those who attended enjoyed classical music on their doorstep in a unique setting.

Sonic Coast [2] will take place in The Hub, Lyme Regis on 30th August.
Tickets booked in advance are just £5, with students and Under 16s free.
Places are limited so book now.

Review of Sonic Coast [1] by Mark Hewitt

DIVAContemporary’s opening concert in their ‘Sonic Coast’ contemporary music series proved to be a refreshing antidote to the usual ‘classical music’ concert. The series, curated by composer Marc Yeats, is bringing contemporary music to new audiences in Dorset and this first concert, given in the unusual venue of ‘The Big Shed’, Hooke Park Wood, featured Stephen Upshaw (viola) and Calie Hough (percussion).

The well-balanced programme…

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Open Mic Poetry Readings

Much of what is written here applies to any literary presentation…and makes all the difference for the audience…

Emma Lee's Blog

Recently I’ve read at Leicester’s Shindig (organised by Nine Arches and Crystal Clear Creators) and Word! which both support open mic readings as part of their programme. Both these benefit from good organisation and having a core of regular attendees so it’s easy for a newcomer to feel welcomed and included.

Open mic events are good ways of reaching an audience, networking with other poets and can provide opportunities to indirectly promote your work. However, they are multi-reader events and each has their own brand and conventions. Keep in mind your audience will be other poets and/or poetry readers. They know your book won’t be available in the local bookshop and will seek you out if they appreciate your reading. Your poems are your best advertisement so present them to their best advantage.

Successful Open Mic Readers

  • Know how long their time slot is and stick to it
  • Rehearse

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Sounds of the Neolithic Workshop with Colfox School

This sounds fabulous 🙂





SATSYMPH & Sounds of the Neolithic [1&2] APP 1 Abbotsbury area



Project: SDR-B11 – The South Dorset Ridgeway GPS-Soundscape

On Tuesday 11 Feb SATSYMPH held our first Sounds of the Neolithic workshop day with 8 young people from Colfox School, Bridport. We started off the day showing rather than telling how the technology works: we took the whole group to the garden in front of the Council House 10 min up the road where we had laid out material previously used for SATSYMPH-HERMES. We shared out the phones between the kids – and let them loose to ‘hunt out’ the soundpools. The technology and experience are very difficult to describe to people, so experience has shown us that’s it’s best first to just let people experience what it feels like in the real world to stumble across physically located pools of sound in an environment.



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