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So what’s wrong with 100 kazoos, then?

A notable characteristic of the composer David Bedford, who died on 1st October aged 74, was that he had a great sense of humour. This was particularly irritating to the super-serious self-conscious arty masses, especially at the height of that syndrome in the mid-1960s when music had to be painfully severe to demonstrate the intense […]

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Contemporary Music – progress or …

Contemporary music can cause passionate enthusiasm in some and complete bafflement in others. For many, there remains a sense of dread, and an expectation of the ‘squeaky gate’ incomprehensibility that has become the new music stereotype. For the general public, classical music is a niche market, and within that, contemporary music has an even smaller […]

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A Seat in the Memory – can you help?

Almost eight months into the four year part time masters degree in Fine Art, James Kowacz, one of OCA’s current MA students, is embarking on a fascinating participative project,  ‘A Seat in the Memory’.  He is looking for people to contribute to it.  Whether you are a photographer, artist or creative writer, you can contribute […]

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Firm foundations

In a series of meetings with Goethe, the great poet and dramatist in the 1820s, the young Mendelssohn engaged the aging poet, then in his seventies, in discussions of great depth regarding the importance of hearing and creating music as the continuation of tradition.   Goethe was having a difficult time understanding new music; he was […]

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Where is the Music?

I’ve been involved with music-making for virtually my whole life. My formal musical education began with (at my insistence) recorder lessons at the age of three, and then eventually, flute lessons, when I was just about big enough to play, at the age of six. I learnt to read music at the same time as […]

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Singalong melodies? Surely not…

I was in Grange-over Sands the other weekend. In keeping with its somewhat old world charm, it has a bandstand where live music is performed on summer Sundays. It had to be relocated from a previous site near the railway station since ladies complained that their clothing was being ruined by soot from passing steam […]

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The Messiah meets Purple Haze

Music composition – and indeed other – students may be interested in an event on Saturday 4 June at 2:00pm in London.  Harpsichordist Jane Chapman will be performing a selection of new pieces for harpsichord and electronics by composition students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  OCA students with a valid student card […]

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From music composition to community music

Community music is gradually gaining ground in Britain. Among the most famous examples are More Music Morecombe (www.moremusic.org.uk) and Sistema Scotland (http://makeabignoise.org.uk).  As a music composition and drawing student with the OCA, my interest in conceptual and socially engaged art has inspired me to develop my own interpretation of community music. My professional background is […]

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