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Melissa Bradshaw

Guildhall School of Music & Drama presents first International Festival of Classical Improvisation

3:47, 9th April 2019

Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Centre for Creative Performance and Classical Improvisation presents the first international festival celebrating the revival of classical improvisation in Western art-music performance.

Taking place from 1 – 3 May 2019 and presented in partnership with Imperial College London, the festival encompasses free performances, lectures, workshops, masterclasses and audience conversations featuring Guildhall School and Imperial College professors, musicians, researchers and international guest artists.

Highlights include a session in which Guildhall School and Imperial College share the findings of a joint nine-year research project on improvisational state of mind, with live tracking and projecting of musicians’ brain activity during performances, and an evening concert which sees the Keys, Bones and Bellows trio (formed by trombonist John Kenny, organist Bert Mooiman and pianist David Dolan) extemporising and mind-reading their way through a variety of musical styles.

Professor David Dolan, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, says: ‘Guildhall School of Music & Drama has been a pioneer and visionary institution in fusing uncompromised standards of excellence in performance with the search for creativity and one’s personal voice. As such, it was one of the first world-leading conservatoires to bring Classical Improvisation back to its curriculum, practice and research agenda.

‘I’m both privileged and excited to present the first international Festival of Classical Improvisation. We look forward to sharing with you the working process, risk-taking and mind-reading involved in the journey towards the revival of improvisation in the classical music-making context, enhancing the performer’s creative space and the musical experience of all involved.’

For full listings and booking information visit www.gsmd.ac.uk.

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