Lucy Thraves


West Dean College welcomes first composer-in-residence

1:48, 11th October 2018

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in Sussex has announced Mary Hampton as its first ever composer-in-residence.

As part of the residency Hampton will curate Salon Imaginaire, a series of seven concerts at the college. Hampton described the series as ‘a unique chance to draw on Edward James’s cultural legacy; his enthusiasm for bringing together experimental approaches and facilitating collaborations, and a great opportunity to trace the ongoing journey of Surrealist ideas through the work of music-makes at work today.

‘Salon Imaginaire is a fresh space for collaboration and performance from some of the most talented and interesting acts operating on the UK music scene and I can’t wait to be involved.’

Hampton’s music is grounded in folk song and turn-of-the-century chamber music traditions. She was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for composition in 2017, the funding from which has allowed her to take up her residency at West Dean.

The first Salon Imaginaire concert will take place on 12 October at 8pm.



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