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Brighton Children’s Parade 2015 theme announced

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Same Sky are delighted to announce that the theme for the 2015 Children’s Parade is ‘taking flight’.

Supported by local businesses Class of their Own and Riverford, the annual parade marks the start of Brighton Festival – three weeks of unrivalled live performance and art installations across the city and beyond – and is attended by almost 5,000 children from 83 schools and community groups from across the region; each dressed in costumes they have specifically designed and made for the event.

The parade – which takes place on Saturday 2 May 2015 – also sees thousands of spectators take to Brighton’s streets to cheer on those taking part.

Each year the parade celebrates a different imaginative theme. Previous years have seen participants dress up as everything from letters of the alphabet and Brighton street names to books, mermaids and even slices of cake. This year’s event will ask those involved to explore the idea of taking flight – be that flights of fancy, the flight of birds, the process of flying or the act of leaping into the unknown.

Pippa Smith, Head of Creative Learning, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival says: 

‘Taking flight symbolises the many imaginative leaps and creative flights of fancy that teachers, parents and children invest in the Children’s Parade each year. This year we will be exploring everything from Pegasus to phantom jets and sparrows to spaceships.’

‘Taking inspiration from Brighton Festival 2015 Guest Director Ali Smith’s deep fascination with birds and other migratory patterns, the leading section will represent the huge variety of bird life that exist on our planet, while subsequent sections will represent flying machines, flight, fantasy and fable and Bugs, bees and butterflies.’

Jointly produced with award-winning community arts organisation Same Sky, the Children’s Parade has delighted participants and spectators for over 25 years and officially launches Brighton Festival - England’s largest multi-arts festival - on the first Saturday in May.

Following last year’s inaugural partnership, the organisers will once again join forces with Brighton & Hove Music & Arts - the music education hub whose key mission is to enhance and further develop music education across the city. This year they will be working with young people to create Brighton’s first Balkan Brass Band which will feature in the parade.

Peter Chivers, Head of Brighton & Hove Music and Arts, Brighton & Hove City Council says: ‘The annual Children’s Parade is one of the highlights in our cultural calendar and a celebration of the creative talents of children across the city. This year’s Parade is set to be another triumph and SoundCity is delighted to be creating an exciting new music project for 2015.

One of the most spectacular community events in the UK, Same Sky spends six months working behind the scenes to create the event, with creative teams instructing teaching staff how to teach dance and parade chants, run free masterclasses, help develop design ideas and encourage imagination to flow.

John Varah, Artistic Director, Same Sky says: Same Sky is delighted to continue its long partnership with Brighton Festival and with all the schools who have come to trust our artistic and management skills as we work together to deliver an annual celebration which announces the beginning of the Festival.’

The event will be sponsored in 2015 by Class of Their Own - who return for a second year as sponsors of the event – and Riverford Organic Farms.

Class of their Own’s Tanya Petherick and Sam Thomson says: ‘We are continuing our support is it is such a fantastic community event and further develops our links with children, parents and local schools. We look forward to seeing you on the day.’

Stephen Spears from Riverford Organic Farms says: ‘We at Riverford Organic Farms are supporting the wonderful Children’s Parade this year. Riverford delivers organic fruit, veg, dairy, deli and meat to your door. Through this sponsorship we hope to promote the benefits of delicious, pesticide and chemical free produce to families across Brighton, Hove and Sussex.’

Brighton Festival announces award-winning author Ali Smith as Guest Director for 2015

Brighton Festival - the largest and most established annual multi-arts festival in England - is delighted to announce that the 2015 Guest Director is award-winning Scottish author Ali Smith.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of Smith’s winning of the Goldsmiths Prize 2014 - a new literary award for boldly original fiction that sets out to recognise work that opens up new possibilities for the novel form - and her nomination for the Costa Book Award for her latest novel How to be Both which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.

Recently described as an ‘heir to Virginia Woolf’, Smith has established herself as a pioneer of form – fearlessly pushing the boundaries of the novel with a deftness and accessibility that has earned her a reputation for being both vitally inventive and scrupulously playful. Her latest novel is her most experimental and idiosyncratic yet; borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it is a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions.

Smith’s numerous other acclaimed novels, short story and essay collections include The Accidental (shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize), Hotel World (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize) and There but for the.

On her role and her thinking behind Brighton Festival 2015, Ali Smith says:

'I'm a fan of the unexpected connection, the crossing places between the art forms, the place where they meet, open to each other and fuse into something more. The word festival comes from the place where the word for feast crosses into the word for joyful, happy, honouring, celebratory. The word Brighton, in the month of May: that means festival.'

Established in 1967, Brighton Festival has a rich history of pushing boundaries. In its inaugural year the programme controversially included the first ever exhibition of Concrete Poetry in the UK, alongside performances by Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins and Yehudi Menuhin. Now one of Europe’s leading arts festivals for artists and audiences, Brighton Festival is known for commissioning and producing an ambitious programme that aims to make the most of the city’s distinctive cultural atmosphere. It has been widely recognised for presenting exciting site specific work, thought provoking debate and newly commissioned works.

The seventh Guest Director of Brighton Festival, Ali Smith takes on the mantle from visual artist Anish Kapoor (2009), musician Brian Eno (2010), Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (2011), actress and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave (2012), poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen (2013) and choreographer, composer and performer Hofesh Shechter (2014) in shaping the three-week programme of cultural events.

Ali Smith continues: “Imagine the world seen from the eye of a bird. Migrating birds are born naturally equipped with maps that even new-born birds know how to follow, maps of landscapes with no borders. Birds with nothing but the urge to flock together, get there, be here now. Imagine the borders between the artforms. Imagine them opened, crossed, melted, made invisible, so that poetry meets music meets theatre meets dance meets thought meets sculptural meets rhythm meets fiction meets the natural world. 

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival says: 'We are delighted to have welcomed Ali Smith on board as Guest Director for Brighton Festival 2015. Her contribution brings a new focus for us, at the same time as continuing the tradition of prominent artistic figures who have brought their particular knowledge and experience of the arts to the programme. At once deeply playful and deeply serious, Ali Smith brings a sensibility which perfectly mirrors the ambition of Brighton Festival – a willingness to take imaginative risks, defy genres, push boundaries and celebrate a love of art in all its infinite forms and varieties. I am certain that Ali Smith will bring a very special element to next year’s Festival and I look forward to welcoming audiences to experience it in May.'

The annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events will take place in venues across the city and beyond from 2 to 24 May 2015. Full programme details including events in which she will be participating will be available online on Wed 18 Feb 2015.

Brighton Festival Highlights - Day by Day

What a smashing Festival. We loved every second and we loved sharing it with you. We thought we’d have little reminisce with some of many Brighton Festival highlights and some of the wonderful comments we received.

Day 1
Hofesh Shechter leads the Children’s Parade to the beat of his own riff ably supported by the Mayor
Over 1000 people visit Nowhere & Everywhere at the Same Time No.2, on its opening day
Enjoyed the William Forsythe pendulum installation at Circus St so much we went twice today! The kids were captivated too” - Jon
Sun comes home to Brighton
Yvonne says: “Received strong dose of Sun at brightfest and spent the night dreaming of sheep. Stunning production.”

Day 2
Murikamification picks up passers by to follow this amazing dancing and then join hands for a circle dance and wins an Argus Angel
12 year old boy says: “I don’t know what it is - but I like it. This is just hardcore Parkour – he ends like a majestic swan"
Art and Sound installations draw the crowds to great acclaim: Jessie says: “LOVED the Zimoun: Sound in Motion exhibition nice to be reminded that things can be beautiful in all kinds of ways”
Hofesh Shechter reveals all in Sun Dust 
“Enjoying @brightfest this weekend. Hofesh Shechter demonstrated what his dancers are actually listening to whilst dancing. Amazing” - audience member tweet

Sun Dust

Day 3
Daily Telegraph describes opening weekend of the Festival as “visionary” – we are chuffed!!

Day 4
Turner prize winner Martin Creed and his band deliver an off-beat performance and Opus No.7, another Argus Angel winner, continues to delight

Day 5
Talvin Singh’s Bombay Talkie blows the audience away…
Rowan says: “Heart melted & mind blown watching Bombay Talkies for @ Brightfest. Talvin Singh is the coolest guy I've ever seen. Roopa Panesar - just wow.”

Day 6
We welcomed Cheek By Jowl to Theatre Royal with Tis Pity She’s a Whore the audience said:
“absolutely tremendous, fantastic, thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it.. If you are going to see anything through the Festival, this is the one to see!”


Day 7
Down By the Greenwood Side opens in Lewes in the disused Harvey’s Brewery depot and wins an Argus Angel 45 years after it premiered at Brighton Festival on the West Pier
“A gripping show” Richard Morrison, The Times****

Day 8
Invisible Flock’s Bring the Happy open their happy memory collecting shop at Onca gallery.
543 happy memories are collected over 10 days

Day 9
Legend of Hamba’ world premieres in Pavilion Gardens
Sir Harrison Birtwistle celebrates his 80th birthday
Gavin Henderson Antiphonies are performed in the Pavilion Gardens and Action Hero attract the crowds for more free events with Slap Talk

Day 10
Whilst Zara McFarlane is the big jazz star of the Festival at TOM – she says “Definitely the best weekend of the year so far @brightfest”
Ours was the Fen Country expands to fill the Corn Exchange part of the caravan showcase

Day 11
Hauschka puts his pianos through their paces and his performance is one of the 12 shows that are live streamed
Catch 22 opens at Theatre Royal with a WW2 bomber right across the stage!

Hauschka

Day 12
Brian Lobel opens his poignant installation Mourning Glory in the Founders Room
Hofesh’s dancers return with the wonderful In Good Company

Day 13
Wild Justice from Hydrocracker claims another Argus Angel
Lost Dog premiere their Festival Commission Like Rabbits – which they are!
David McCandless fills the Concert Hall and shares data stories about “the new soil” revealing whether toast or porridge is more popular (its toast by a mile) – George says “informative, beautiful & fun. Wish I could do a Venn diagram of it”.

Day 14
Our lunchtime concerts continue to delight: “Just been to a piano recital by the superbly gifted Jonathan Biss - definitely the highlight of my #BrightFest so far!”
Jeremy Deller shares his Desert Island Pics
Whilst Gruff Rhys finds his inner animal - “Charming, funny & beautiful musical journey with Welsh adventurer John Evans & the captivating vocals of Gruff Rhys"

Day 15
ZOO use a prepared piano in their enhanced dance with John Cage for 5 year olds
‘Safe House’ wins an Argus Angel described as, “Innovative, graceful, effective, well staged, clever. Loved it. Come back to brightfest again”.

Enhanced Dance to Disguised Music

Day 16
Ida Barr mashes things up outside the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre
Brian Lobel performs ‘Purge’ - “Purge- stunning, funny, insightful, heartfelt. Off to complete my own purge and can't wait”
Cat Power brings her extended song set to Brighton Dome
“An artist at the peak of her powers”, Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian****

Day 17
The Epicene Butcher wins another Argus Angel
“Loved The Epicene Butcher. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes moving, always engaging”
Peaches brings the Theatre Royal house down 
“What a woman. What a show”, Caroline Sullivan The Guardian

Peaches Christ Superstar

Day 18
Tipping Point opens including a live performance and our Visual Art installations continue to entice and excite.

Day 19
Circus Feria Musica mesmerise with Sinue 
 Laurence says:“Amazing show - playful, exhilarating, funny, beautiful”. 
“I leave the theatre as if I have just emerged from a flotation chamber.”  - The Circus Diaries

Day 20
The Sleeping Army march primary schools into the Brighton Dome Concert Hall for Francesca Simon’s Young City Reads talk.
Flown fuses comedy, music and circus to fill the Theatre Shakespeare’s Globe brave the elements in Much Ado About Nothing … and win

Day 21
Dark & Stormy mini crime fest weekend opens
Bring the Happy Live uses the record breaking 543 memories to create their live wedding/wake show
Emmylou Harris makes a special visit for a sold out Brighton dome Concert Hall gig
One Million takes Black Rock by storm with 60 local young people in the cast

Credit: Dan Dennison

Day 22
Munch!’ shares out some waffles to an appreciative audience
The Philharmonia Orchestra and Brighton Festival Chorus on stunning form in the Brighton Festival exclusive concert which had a staggering 237 performers and then the 23 strong string section give a spine-tingling late night performance of Strauss’s Metamorphosen the atmospheric Circus Street Market.

Day 23
Spies: Fact & Fiction sees Stella Rimington admitting to reading the odd spy novel under her desk in her younger days
26 Letters leaves us believing in Unicorns and wins another Argus Angel
People enjoyed a last dance in the Forsythe installation – record-breaking last day with 1280 visitors – also wins final special critics choice Argus Angel
Hofesh Shechter finishes with his closing night joke, with Les Slovaks performing their improvised Opening Night

William Forsythe Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2

We'lll finish up with this wonderful tweet now: “In fact, I think this year's @brightfest is one of the best yet. Excellent programme of events”

WHAT A FESTIVAL! We had a lot of fun! Thank you all and thank you for your feedback!

We’ll see you next year - 2 – 24 May 2015

‘Visionary’ Brighton Festival 2014 comes to a close

Brighton Festival 2014 - with critically acclaimed choreographer, dancer, musician, composer and performer Hofesh Shechter at the helm as Guest Director - came to a close this week. Described as ‘visionary’ by the Daily Telegraph, the wide-ranging programme of quality performance, visual arts, literature and debate from international, national and home-grown companies and artists has been acclaimed by audiences, artists and critics alike, with attendance across the Festival exceeding 81% of capacity.

With Hofesh Shechter as Guest Director, this year’s Brighton Festival programme was truly genre defying; and featured the highest number of premieres and commissions to date, including the world premieres of Vanishing Point’s Tomorrow and Lost Dog & Lucy Kirkwood’s dance piece Like Rabbits, alongside UK premieres of international theatre company Berlin’s multi-media work Perhaps All the Dragons and contemporary circus from Feria Musica in Sinué

Opus No.7 by acclaimed Russian theatre director Dmitry Krymov - which also had its UK premiere at the Festival - received 4 stars across the board from all the major broadsheet critics. Matt Trueman, writing in the Daily Telegraph, described the work as ‘visionary stuff, utterly singular’; Lyn Gardner in the Guardian said it was ‘unbearably poignant’, ‘visually stunning’ and ‘more like alchemy than theatre’; Dominic Maxwell in The Times praised the work for being ‘merry and macabre in a memorable mix’; while Maxie Szalwinski, in the Sunday Times referred to the piece’s ‘almost paranormal intensity’ and William McEvoy in The Stage described it as ‘unforgettable’.

One of the Festival’s biggest hits was William Forsythe’s interactive choreographic installation Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same time, no.2 in Circus Street Market with more than 12 500 visitors dancing in the piece during the three week period. Visitors described it as ‘amazing’, ‘hypnotic’ and ‘better than brilliant’, popular social networking site Instagram spread word about the installation to 32million international followers via its weekly ‘ArtThursday’ blog and a video documenting its installation attracted 60 000 views.

The 80th birthday of legendary composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle was celebrated with a series of events, headlined by a revival of his 1969 Brighton Festival commission Down by the Greenwood Side. Set in a disused brewery depot in Lewes, this unique production continued the Festival’s tradition of pioneering site-specific and immersive performances in unusual locations.

Other Brighton Festival 2014 exclusives included a new visual arts co-commission by Yinka Shonibare MBE titled The British Library, which has now been extended until 22 June due to popular demand, Tangled Feet’s immersive, free outdoor performance One Million and much more.

Brighton Festival also played host to an eclectic mix of names across contemporary music; from iconic country music singer Emmylou Harris to a rare live performance from Cat Power and a tour de force performance from Peaches in her one woman rendition of Peaches Christ Superstar – of which Caroline Sullivan in the Guardian wrote simply ‘what a woman. What a show.’

The books and debate strand of the programme boasted a number of high-profile events included a sell-out lecture by best-selling author and designer David McCandless, conversations with Irvine Welsh, Jeremy Deller, Viv Albertine alongside discussions and talks about maths, migration and dementia.

Events for all the family this year included a UK premieres of Tanzfuchs Produktion’s dance extravaganza Munch! for the under 4s and Enhanced Dance to Disguised Music; Belgian choreographer Thomas Hauert’s first piece for young people accompanied by a prepared piano soundtrack by John Cage. Meanwhile, on film the Cinema of Childhood (throughout May) - curated by Mark Cousins - looked at the depiction of children in cinema.

In a continuation of the Festival’s dedication to making the arts accessible for all, 2014 saw 13 shows - including six Brighton Festival exclusives like Wim Vandekeybus in conversation with Hofesh Shechter and a debate on immigration chaired by Simon Fanshawe - live-streamed to audiences around the world, for free. Brighton Festival 2014 also saw the launch of a new initiative Collidescope. Designed for artists and creators to intensively engage with the Brighton Festival programme, the scheme offered seven artists who have been making work for at least five years the opportunity for peer-to-peer creative development, with the goal of potentially creating new marriages of minds for future explorations.

As Guest Director, Hofesh Shechter followed in the footsteps of visual artist Anish Kapoor (2009), musician Brian Eno (2010), Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (2011), actress and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave (2012) and poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen (2013) in shaping the Brighton Festival programme. Resident in Brighton throughout the month, Hofesh was actively engaged in the programme – attending countless events and appearing in many, including leading in-conversations with Williiam Forsythe, Wim Vandekeybus and Yinka Shinbare. He also challenged audiences to respond to the world’s ugly injustices in the Brighton Festival co-commission Sun which “came home” to Brighton after touring globally.

This year’s Brighton Festival featured 448 performances and 147 events in 34 venues across the city. In total there were 37 premieres, exclusives and co-commissions and 26 free events. 

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s 10,000 book installation ‘The British Library’ extended due to popular demand

Brighton Festival and HOUSE, Brighton’s festival of visual art and domestic space, are delighted to announce that YinkaShonibare MBE’s The British Library - a dramatic sculptural installation which responds to the immigration debate has been extended due to popular demand. The installation, which was co-commissioned by HOUSE and Brighton Festival 2014, will now remain open to the public until Sunday 22 June.

Yinka Shonibare The British Library
Photo: Victor Frankowski

Presented in the former Reference Library in Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, once the stable block for the Royal Pavilion, The British Library is comprised of over 10, 000 books bound in Shonibare's trademark African Dutch wax batik fabric. Printed in gold foil on the spines of 3,500 of the books are the names of notable British cultural figures; either immigrants themselves or descendants from an immigrant family, including examples of those who have actively opposed immigration. The names –including Henry James, T S Eliot, Hans Holbein, Helen Mirren, Tony Blair, Kazuo Ishiguro and Nigel Farage - appear individually on the books, which are arranged on the original wood bookcases of the dramatic Edwardian library - a space used for almost 100 years by writers, historians, academics and local residents.

Yinka Shonibare MBE says, “Whilst the installation is a celebration of the ongoing contributions made to British society by people who have arrived here from other parts of the world or whose ancestors came to Britain as immigrants, it does not exclude the points of view of those who object to it. The British Library is inspired by the current debates about immigration and the public response to the new presence of Romanians in Britain. In creating the piece I thought about the space – a Library - and I surrendered to the space and let the space be my muse.”

Yinka Shonibare at Brighton Festival

The British Library was created partly in the artist’s studio and largely in the Library itself with the assistance of over 60 volunteers drawn from the local community.

Yinka Shonibare The British LibraryPhoto: Victor Frankowski

In pictures: Week 3

From Peaches' one woman rendition of Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar to Invisible Flock's collaborative map of memories for Bring the Happy, take a look at our gallery of some of the highlights of the third and final week of Brighton Festival 2014.

Photos by Victor Frankowski and Dan Dennison

William Forsythe's Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2. attracts thousands

Over 5,000 people have already visited Circus Street Market to see William Forsythe’s installation Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No.2 - including the American choreographer himself, who experienced the piece ahead of his own Brighton Festival event.

Throughout May the derelict Circus Street Market site near Grand Parade will play host to the unique choreographic art installation. Co-programmed by South East Dance as part of Brighton Festival, the work asks audiences to move between hundreds of delicate pendulums, each swinging in timed sequences. Becoming dancers themselves, their strides and side steps produce a lively, intricate and unique choreography.


William Forsythe has been credited with moving the focus of dance from the classical tradition to a dynamic 21st century art form, exploring the idea of movement in its widest context. He is one of the world’s most celebrated choreographers.

'Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2, an installation by choreographer and artist William Forsythe, comprises some 400 swinging pendulums, suspended from an automated rig in an empty old marketplace in Brighton, England. You can think of it like a daunting booby trap or an elaborate heist movie security system. Just like Indiana Jones and Catherine Zeta Jones before you, the objective is to pass through unscathed.' Wired 

Film by Shy Camera.
The installation is open daily until Sun 25 May, 11am – 7pm (Mon – Sun) and 11am – 8pm (Thu). Entry is free.


Brighton Festival’s free visual arts programme also includes The British Library by Yinka Shonibare MBE (3-25 May), a new sculptural installation which explores the impact of immigration on British culture and considers notions of territory and place, cultural identity, displacement and refuge; Zimoun: Sound in Motion at Brighton University Gallery (Mon 5–Sun 25 May), Kathy Hinde’s Tipping Point at Brighton Dome Founders Room (20–24 May) and Jacob Dahlgren’s Heaven is a place and The Wonderful World of Abstraction (3 May–25 May) at Fabrica. 

In pictures: Week 2

Author and designer David McCandless shared his passion for the merging of design, information, text and story in Information is Beautiful, there was music from Will Gregory Moog Ensemble, Gruff Rhys and Hauschka, Brian Lobel explored loss and connections in Mourning Glory and Purge, we experienced dance and theatre with In Good Company, Like Rabbits, Talk to the Demon and Enhanced Dance to Disguised Music, and Metro-Boulot-Dodo's ground-breaking cross-artform work, Safe House combined live performance, site-specific installations, visual art and new media. 

Photos by Victor Frankowski and Dan Dennison

New London Consort: The Tempest in Musick

Join us to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and years of diverse and imaginative adaptations of his most magical masterpiece.

One of the world's leading early music ensembles, the versatile New London Consort explores a uniquely wide and colourful repertoire of Renaissance and Baroque music. The principal artists, all established soloists in their own right, share a rare unanimity of purpose and style, resulting in the New London Consort's undisputed reputation for artistry, flair and virtuosity. Preparations have been underway for their Brighton Festival performance of Music for The Tempest which premiered at Cité de la Musique in Paris on 2 April 2014.


Shakespeare’s The Tempest has been adapted numerous times and lends itself to artists as inspiration, who frequently forge it in new styles and formats: in music, at least 46 operas by composers such as Halévy, Fibich and Adès; orchestral works by Tchaikovsky, Sullivan and Honegger; and songs by such diverse artists as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Michael Nyman and Pete Seeger; in literature, Shelley's poem With a Guitar, To Jane and W. H. Auden's The Sea and the Mirror; novels by Césaire and The Diviners by Margaret Laurence; in paintings by Hogarth, Fuseli, and Millais; and on screen, ranging through a hand-tinted version of Herbert Beerbohm Tree's 1905 stage performance, the science fiction film Forbidden Planet in 1956, Peter Greenaway's 1991 Prospero's Books featuring John Gielgud as Prospero, to Julie Taymor's 2010 film version which changed Prospero to Prospera, played by Helen Mirren.

Now, the New London Consort present all the music written for the 17th- and early 18th-century revivals of the play, creating a dramatic collage of enchanting symphonies, songs, choruses and dances, including daring instrumental music by Locke, Draghi's evocative character dances, contrasting versions of Ariel's songs, Purcell's 'Dear pretty youth' and the exquisite Masques of Devils and of Neptune & Amphitrite by Humfrey and Weldon.

Revelling in the power of nature and the supernatural, an ensemble of 11 singers and a colourful late-Restoration theatre band evoke the exuberance of London's playhouses around 1700. Take a musical voyage into the sound-world of the Restoration theatre with The Tempest in Musick.



Listen to the ravishing and seductive echo song – which features Ferdinand and Ariel

Listen to The Tempest on the France-Musique website (available for streaming until the end of the month) here.

A beautiful and evocative picture which will be projected behind the orchestra during the performance. The designer Cam Pickering is only 18 and already promised to a great career, whether as an artist, musician and/or DJ. 


Get your ticket for the UK premiere of The Tempest in Musick here.

Plans makes its world premiere at Brighton Station

Brighton & Hove’s Three Score Dance Company – a dance company for the over 60s – performed the world premiere of a new co-commission Plans made by former Hofesh Shechter Company dancer James Finnemore amongst the hustle and bustle of Brighton Station this weekend.

Crowds, commuters and tourists came to a standstill as the eighteen dancers performed throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday in a flash-mob.


Three Score Dance Company is the vision of two local women, Saskia Heriz and Christina Thompson, both of whom have been inspired by the work of The Company of Elders; a dance company for the over 60’s resident at the internationally renowned Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. Although many members of Three Score Dance Company have had no prior dance training, their wealth of life experience brings a unique quality to their work. The company is lead by Rehearsal Director, Jason Keenan-Smith, with professional choreographers commissioned to create bespoke pieces for performance.

Three Score Dance Company is supported by South East Dance in association with Brighton Dome with additional funding from Sport England. 

Hear more about Plans and Three Score Dance in this Podcast, where we talk with the co-founders of Three Score Dance Saskia Heriz and Christina Thompson.