Whats On

13:00 – 17:00 Wednesday 30 March 2022
Sounding Climate Change An Interdisciplinary Workshop
Arts Lecture Theatre, Lakeside Arts Music Building, University of Nottingham
Programme & registration: http://nottfar.org.uk/sounding-climate-change

Cove Park, Loch Long

Sounding Climate Change is an free interdisciplinary workshop exploring the potential for music and creative sound practices to promote public climate action. Hosted by NottFAR and the University of Nottingham Department of Music, the workshop will feature two guest seminars and a series of short research presentations. The aim of the workshop is to contribute to network building by bringing together artists and researchers from different disciplines to share ideas and experiences, and kick-start new partnerships and collaborations in the fields of music, environmentalism, and climate action.

A full programme can be viewed at: http://nottfar.org.uk/sounding-climate-change

2pm Sunday 27 March 2022
Xenia Pestova Bennett & Karlheinz Essl
J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations Reimagined
Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND
Tickets: https://trch.co.uk/whats-on/xenia-pestova/

Xenia Pestova
Xenia Pestova Bennett. Image Credit: © Cath Du Puy

The Goldberg Variations are a cornerstone of the keyboard repertoire, yet we rarely question how this piece is presented. Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl and pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett (Director of Performance at the University of Nottingham) offer a refreshing take on this seminal classic in Gold.Berg.Werk. Essl’s new version for piano and live electronics, never heard before in the UK, features gorgeous time-stretched harmonies, manipulated in real time and then played back through spatialized loudspeakers in between Bach’s original piano variations.

Bringing together Baroque and contemporary sound worlds, Gold.Berg.Werk creates a sense of space and grandeur, with no two performances being the same. This magical performance invites you to join the performers on a journey of discovery, opening and blossoming into a whole new universe of sound.

University of Nottingham Film Orchestra – Blue Planet II
Live performance of new film scores written for BBC Blue Planet II
Djanogly Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.

NottNOISE v.2
A showcase of new music from the Midlands – tonight’s lineup features pianist Xenia Pestova-Bennett; clarinettist Tom Jackson will premiere a new work by Stephen Crowe; electronic duo Dirty Electronics and Dushume; and electronics improvisor Murray Royston-Ward.
Rough Trade Nottingham, Broad St., Nottingham NG1 3AJ.

NottNOISE – Launch, December 2019.

NottNOISE v.3
A showcase of new music from the Midlands
Djanogly Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.
Free – no need to book

NottNOISE @ Rough Trade Nottingham
NottNOISE feat. Helen Papaioannou

New Music Weekend: Deep Sounds
A symposium and festival of New Music feat. John Kenny, Carla Rees, and Sarah Watts.
Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.

Sarah Watts

2020 heralds the inaugural Nottingham New Music Weekend that will see a variety of concerts and events, including a two-day symposium at Lakeside Arts as well as various venues across the city. The theme of this year’s New Music Weekend is Deep Sounds, namely works for low pitched instruments.

The programme, developed by the University’s Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research (NottFAR), will showcase new music from the Midlands alongside contemporary repertoire from further afield, performed by pre-eminent performers including trombonist John Kenny, flautist Carla Rees, and clarinettist Sarah Watts. The weekend will also feature electroacoustic works programmed in partnership with the De Montfort University’s Institute of Sonic Creativity.

Pascal Meyer & Xenia Pestova Bennett
Convention of unconventional keyboard instruments
Djanogly Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.

Pascal Meyer

University of Nottingham Assistant Professor and concert pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett is joined by acclaimed Amsterdam-based keyboard specialist Pascal Meyer to present an unconventional programme curated in response to the Beethoven Piano Sonatas. Featuring music for the magical Magnetic Resonator Piano that can sustain tones indefinitely, piano and tiny toy pianos by Beethoven and living composers and including a world premiere by Duncan MacLeod (University of Nottingham), this quirky and fun concert will inspire and entertain.

The two performers will be joined by instrument inventor Andrew McPherson (London) and composers Fergal Dowling (Dublin), Simon Hall (Birmingham) and Hilda Paredes (Mexico / London). There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and try playing the unconventional instruments on display.