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Atmospheres Festival Goes Online – 1-3 May

30 April 2020

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Atmospheres has gone online for a whole weekend of new and exciting music from the College! You can now find our three day festival of new and original music for free via Atmospheres Radio.
Follow the festival on twitter @RWCMDComposers and on Instagram @royalwelshsu.

Showcasing an eclectic mix of world premieres produced by composers from the Royal Welsh College, Atmospheres Festival takes place
from 1-3 May.

Image from last year’s Atmospheres Festival

The festival kicks off with our regular visit to AmserJazzTime on Friday night, followed by The Nat and Jake Show, presented by composition students Natalie Roe and Jake Thorpe, featuring new work and interviews with the students.

“Atmospheres Festival gives our composition students the chance to perform, present and reveal their original, individual and stylistically open compositions, conceptual installations, operatic experiments and musicals to each other and to a wider audience, “ said Head of Composition John Hardy.

“These Atmospheres Festivals have grown and expanded each year, all displaying the spirit of enterprise, collaboration and creativity which we love so much about the ethos here at the College.

Although this looks like a rehearsal in isolation in 2020 – this is actually from Atmospheres 2019: Freddie Hill in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, rehearsing for  his composition, ‘Pride’ – a musical deconstruction of the iconic rainbow flag as a series of bold and distinct chamber works

“This year’s live events, which would have taken place in the various beautiful RWCMD arts venues, have now become an entirely online schedule of radio programmes, introduced and explained by the composers themselves, interspersed with the continuing playlist of the radio station

So make your way to Atmospheres Radio from the 1st to the 3rd May, to hear some of the wonderful plethora of original music and art which our fantastic students have been creating. Where it hasn’t been possible to record the originally programmed works due to lockdown, other electronic or previously recorded works by the same artists have been substituted.”

Watch this space for a schedule of the work to be presented on Atmospheres Radio and check out the Atmospheres 2020 blog for profiles of the composers and an insight into their work.

Photos: Kirsten McTernan

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