Devising Music Workshop

Join Laura Bowler and hcmf// for a creative day in celebration of International Women’s Day! A multi-disciplinary musician and vocalist, Bowler will guide participants in co-creating a new piece of contemporary music. The composition will be written collaboratively, with participants sharing and combining personal ideas of identity. The workshop will explore many of the things that drive Bowler’s own practice, such as the physical nature of performance and the role of political activism in music.

There’s no experience necessary: participants of all musical abilities are invited to come along and help one another compose! All you’ll need to do is bring along an instrument of your choice – or, if you want, you can use your voice – and some written text that you feel reflects your identity in some way. This can come from anywhere – it could be anything from the co-ordinates on a map to a poem you like. Whatever inspires you!

If you’re interested in attending the workshop, please sign up by emailing Abi Mitchell on:

Laura Bowler (photo Graham Hardy)
Laura Bowler (photo Graham Hardy)

About Laura Bowler

Laura Bowler has been described by Arts Desk as ‘a triple threat composer-performer-provocatrice’. She is a composer, vocalist and artistic director specialising in theatre, multi-disciplinary work and opera. She has been commissioned across the globe by ensembles and orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, ROH2, Opera Holland Park, The Opera Group, Manchester Camerata, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Quatuor Bozzini (Canada), Ensemble Phace (Austria), Ensemble Linea (France), Omega Ensemble (Australia), among other groups both in the UK and abroad.

Recent projects include a music theatre work, FFF, for Ensemble Phace (Vienna) and vocalist (herself) commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and HCMF,  Feminine Hygiene, a multimedia work for large ensemble and vocalist (herself) commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic and Sounds from the Other City Festival; Damned Mob of Scribbling Women- a 20 minute music theatre song cycle for leading UK new music vocalist Lucy Goddard recently nominated for a British Composer Award; Antarctica, a 50 minute multimedia work for orchestra and vocalist (herself) co-commissioned by Manchester Camerata and BBC Radio 3.

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