Skills Sessions: Coming Up For Air with Kathryn Williams

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Are you a young person aged 13-19 interested in composing, sound production and making your own music?  Sound and Music is excited to announce the first of a brand new series of free, virtual Skills Sessions.  These interactive online workshops will be free to participate in, and will include sessions programmed with input from our Young Voices advisory panel. 

Our first session with Kathryn Williams will explore experimental approaches to composing for flute and embracing the challenges of working to a creative brief. Read more below, and look out for future sessions including digital workshopping with live musicians, composing for film and new media and more! 

Coming Up For Air: Expansive approaches to composition with Kathryn Williams

Monday 24th April 2023, 18.00

In this interactive workshop, flautist Kathryn Williams will invite you to try writing a piece of music for flute limited to a single breath. Kathryn will explore how something that might be seen as a limitation can open up exciting creative possibilities, and demonstrate some of the single breath pieces that were written for the Coming Up For Air collection. This will include examples written in traditional notation, graphic scores, text scores, and even labyrinths! You will also learn the basics of composing for flute and how to notate some extended techniques.  

You can read more about Coming Up for Air on Williams’ website: 

How to sign up:

To sign up, complete the registration form. The workshop will take place via a Zoom webinar, which can be accessed on your browser or the Zoom app. 

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Kathryn Williams is a versatile flute soloist, orchestral player, and researcher. Her solo work has recently been focused on creatively overcoming her experiences of chronic respiratory conditions through commissioning pieces limited to a single breath for her project, Coming Up for Air. The project was released in a “strangely fascinating” (BBC Music Magazine) album by Huddersfield Contemporary Records. Kathryn has also recorded for All That Dust, Another Timbre, NMC, and RVNG International. In addition to performing, Kathryn works part-time as a research and policy officer in equality, diversity, and inclusion for the Independent Society of Musicians. 

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