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The ninth Planet Tree Music Festival kicks off tomorrow, running until 26th October in Hampstead, North London.


Founder and composer Lawrence Ball has curated the festival with the aim of creating an immersive experience for those wishing to connect to a higher sphere through deep engagement with classical music. Audiences are encouraged to lie down, meditate and experience the sound worlds presented, championing an alternative way of listening. The outdated rules employed in traditional concert halls are discarded in favour of a more accessible experience rooted in spirituality and relaxation. 

Similar in format to Max Richter’s sold-out ‘Sleep’, the 2017 Planet Tree Music Festival offers concert attendees the opportunity to lie down and relax into cosmic sound worlds, with a host of international musicians performing music specially written for this year’s programme.

 

The festival was opened by Terry Riley in 1996, establishing its ethos and reputation as one that showcases tonal, non-elitist contemporary music. The programme deals with the brighter side of contemporary classical music, featuring pieces by popular composers including Max Richter and Arvo Pärt.

Collaborator and performer James D’Angelo says: “The Planet Tree Music Festival has established a new forum for contemporary music that returns music to its spiritual roots and gets people in touch with their souls hungry for impressions of who and what they are… No composer could ask for anything more than the refined atmosphere that is the Planet Tree Music Festival.”

Tickets can be purchased on the door of each of the venues, namely the Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel and All Hallows Church, Hampstead. Full concert details can be found here.

WildKat has, so far, secured coverage for Planet Tree Music Festival in PRS M Magazine, Culture Whisper, International Arts Manager, and local newspaper Camden New Journal. Stay tuned for more!

(Written on October 6, 2017 )

In today’s news, The New York Times reveals that Pope Francis is to release an album, Yo Ma Ma talks about perfection for Strings, Classical Music Magazine reports that SLEEP holds record for longest live broadcast of a single title and an RPS report shows that music education is not being evenly delivered

The New York Times

Up Next from Pope Francis? An album, of course

Usually the tour comes after the album. For Pope Francis, however, it’s the other way around: He is scheduled to release an album, “Wake Up!,” on Nov. 27, following his whirlwind United States trip, during which he has been greeted by hundreds of thousands of well-wishers. The album features the pope’s speeches set to rock, pop, and Gregorian chants, and will raise money for a support fund for refugees.

Gramophone

Amazing Video: Andy Akiho’s ping pong concerto 

We’ve had concertos for piano, cello, violin, and even tuba. So it was only a matter of time until someone wrote a concerto for ping pong table, wasn’t it? Watch the clip below to enjoy some remarkable musicianship, and indeed athleticism

Classical Music Magazine

RPS launches Musical Routes report

A report into the provision of musical education for school-aged children and young people has concluded that the national strategy for music education is not being evenly delivered

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 breaks record with broadcast of SLEEP

Radio 3 now holds the world record titles for the longest broadcast of a single piece of music and the longest live broadcast of a single piece of music. Max Richter’s SLEEP was broadcast live from the Reading Room of the Wellcome Collection between midnight on 26 September and 8am on 27 September

Strings

Yo-Yo Ma on intonation, practice, and the role of music in our lives

The 60-year-old cellist is on a magic cello ride, and still striving for perfection

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South Bank London @southbanklondonOnly 2 Prosecco days left ! Check out pop-up bar!

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUKOur team are busy taking bookings for our Celebration of Music event (formerly Festival of St Cecilia). Tickets here

Today in Music @today_in_musicPlaylist a Day for 2015-09-28 thisdayinmusic.net/playlist/Septe featuring George Dyson, Jori Hulkkonen, Joseph Arthur, Lucky Millinder, Sam Medoff

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(Written on September 28, 2015 )