Sonic sound festival will hit the right notes in town

PUBLISHED: 15:58 17 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:08 18 September 2018

The Minster will heavily feature in Yarmonics  Picture: Denise Bradley

The Minster will heavily feature in Yarmonics Picture: Denise Bradley


The Yarmonics sonic arts festival will be held across Great Yarmouth on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.

It is being produced by Norwich and Norfolk Sonic Arts Collective and Yarmouth-based originalprojects with the aim to bring high quality performers presenting improvised and experimental music and arts as well as working with residents to make new work.

On the Saturday Yarmonics will present a different performance at a different location every hour, with a break for lunch.

Starting at 10am, saxophonist Evan Parker will perform an improvised piece at the site of the former South Jetty.

Then at 11am, local artist Michael Page will perform at Great Yarmouth Market Place with students from Caister Academy using synthesisers they have all built together from scratch.

At noon the event will move to the Minster, where pianist Stephen Grew will create a work specifically for the space.

At 2pm there will be a performance created by Scottish singer Maggie Nicols following a free workshop for residents at St George’s Theatre on Friday, September 21 from 4pm.

At 3pm young people will cycle out of St George’s Theatre as part of BIKE HACK, created by Mark Howe, from Norwich band The Neutrinos. The bicycles will all have instruments attached that amplify the sound when a wheely is pulled.

The event will then return to the Minster for a performance between a saxophonist and a turntablist, move on to The Hippodrome for Stones by David Ross at 5pm, and end up with In (the) C, which will take place in the sea at 6pm and is produced by CLIP from Colchester.

At 8pm there will then be an electronic music event at St George’s Theatre with musicians including Nik Colk Void, noch, and Luke Sanger, who will be using a library of recordings made from around Great Yarmouth to produce their music. Tickets for that event are £5 and available from St George’s Theatre box office.

A panel discussion is on the evening of Friday, September 21 in St George’s Theatre, with professor of sound and landscape Angus Carlyle along with other performers exploring the relationship between sound and place, followed by a performance by Mira Calix.

Yarmonics is funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Norfolk Music Hub, Waveney District Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council and supported by the Town Centre Partnership, The Hippodrome, St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth Minster.

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