by Alastair Hall
Wednesday 29th July
11am, The Loss Project
2pm, Anna Meredith
11am, Carly Attridge and Steph Turner – The Loss Project: Holding Space: [_L_O_S_S_]
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Meeting ID: 818 2051 9056
Join Steph and Carly for an interactive workshop that will allow you to explore grief and loss. We will hold the space for you to think about your hopes, fears and dreams in relation to the losses you may have experienced during this time of lockdown. We’ll be using some creative exercises, as well as some time for you to reflect with others. All are welcome, regardless of your experience, and it will be a relaxed and informal session, where you can share as much or as little as you would like to. You’ll need some paper and pens/pencils handy to fully participate. We hope that you’ll leave the session feeling uplifted after having some time out to have some collective and individual reflection.
Carly Attridge – Founder & Director of The Loss Project CIC, brings a wealth of expertise in the setting up, management and development of community-led programmes across London. More recently she was working in the hospice sector, leading Compassionate Neighbours, an award winning End of Life care and social isolation programme to scale with 11 hospices. She uses creativity to bring people together, and has a creative edge to all of her work.
Steph Turner – Creative Facilitator and Social Practitioner, has worked on a number of innovative social projects both centred in local communities and scaling nationally, including Compassionate Neighbours and GoodGym. She brings a wealth of experience facilitating groups and holding space for challenging themes, as well as co-creating creative community events with artists and local residents. She is also a practicing ceramicist.
The Loss Project connects people in local communities through the experience of loss, death, dying or trauma. We know that losses can come in various forms, the loss of independence, confidence, sense of self and of course, of loved ones.
Our mission is to generate a community response to loss which challenges the stigma and taboo, cuts through the barriers of having difficult conversations and subjects that can often remain unspoken, whilst providing opportunities for people to connect through their experiences and build capacity to be able to support each other.
We do this through training and workshops, bespoke creative community programmes.
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So many speakers have mentioned the place of Music, and we had already programmed 3 musicians in to the festival. We’re really excited to hear from Anna Meredith on this third week. We know that music is one of the areas that has been really hit hard, but also audiences crave it.
We’ll hear from Anna about her process and work – and we’re delighted with the news that her latest album has been shortlisted for the Hyundai Mercury Prize – hugely deserved.
Anna Meredith by Gem Harris
2pm, Anna Meredith in conversation
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Meeting ID: 872 6463 8845
Described by Pitchfork as ‘one of the most innovative voices in British music’ Anna Meredith is a genre-crossing composer and producer whose work straddles the worlds of contemporary and classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock.
After building an established career in the classical world and releasing two critically acclaimed EPs, se released her much-anticipated debut album, Varmints, on Moshi Moshi Records in 2016. The critical response saw 4 and 5 star reviews across the board from the likes of Wire, Sunday Times, Uncut, Q Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, DIY and the coveted Best New Music on Pitchfork. As well as being Loud & Quiet’s Album of the Year, Varmints also won the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award. In 2019 she released the Mercury Prize shortlisted follow-up – FIBS – to critical acclaim once again, being crowned Electronic Sound’s Album of the Year, featuring in Pitchfork’s Best Experimental Albums of 2019 and the New York Times, alongside many other End of Year lists including Loud & Quiet, Paste, Stereogum and receiving 4 star reviews across the board.
Anna’s band of virtuosic musicians sees her joined by guitar, drums, cello and tuba. They have spent the last 4 years touring the globe including sold-out headline shows at EartH, ICA, The Scala, Oval Space and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London as well as appearances at Glastonbury, Latitude, Transmusicales, SXSW festivals.
Their live show has been described as ‘sheer exhilaration’ (New York Times), while NPR’s Bob Boilen described the show as ‘a stormy, ecstatic, endlessly danceable thrill to behold… the best artist I’ve seen at SXSW and one of the most creative bands I’ve seen in years. Music for the head, the heart, the ass and the feet’.
Her CV includes scoring her first TV show in 2019 – Paul Rudd’s dark comedy ‘Living With Yourself’ for Netflix, her first feature film in 2018 – Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’ which won the Sundance Audience Award, opening the 2018 BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival, being Composer in Residence for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a piece written for MRI scanner, soundtracking campaigns from PRASA, Fendi, Chloe & Christopher Kane, symphonies created for nursery children, music for park benches in Hong Kong and sleep-pods in Singapore. Her body-percussion piece HandsFree, Barbican Centre, Utah Youth Symphony and the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and even flash-mobbing the M6 motorway service station.
She is a regular presenter and guest on radio (Radio 3 and BBC 6Music) and television and her music is frequently broadcast on BBC 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 as well as in films, installations and TV. She featured in the top 40 in BBC Radio4’s Women’s Hour Power List in 2018.
Recent projects include opening the 2018 Proms and Edinburgh International Festivals with Five Telegrams in collaboration with Tony award-winning 59 Productions – celebrating the centenary of the First World War, the VR version of which won a Raindance Award, installations for lifts for Manchester International Festival, arrangements for Sigur Ros and the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, and an installation for custom whirly tubes and UV lights for the Barbican Centre.