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BRIGHTON FESTIVAL: Students to feature in 3 events

The Brighton & Hove Music Centre Brass Ensemble will again be leading the Brighton Festival’s Children’s Parade on Saturday 7 May with SKA as it’s theme!

Following the Parade, BHMA students will be providing musical entertainment on several different “Perfect Pitches” around the Royal Pavilion Estate from 1pm-4pm. There will be Jazz and popular music on New Road, acoustic sets in the Dome Foyer and string and wind chamber ensembles in Brighton Museum and the Royal Pavilion Music Room.

Sunday 15 May sees the Brighton Youth Orchestra performing with the Brighton Festival Youth Choir, South Downs Percussion Ensemble and BYO percussion. Special guest will be the mesmerising cellist Laura van der Heijden, winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012. Pieces will range from classical elegance to toe-tapping Americana and a percussion showcase.

Sunday 15 May at 5pm, All Saints Church, The Drive, Hove. Tickets £10, Concessions £7, under 16’s £5. Tickets available from the Brighton Festival

Music & Arts students have also been asked to collaborate with Nutkhut to help fulfil their vision of the Dr Blighty project. The Dr Blighty project is a multisensory project based around the use of the Royal Pavilion as a hospital during the First World War. Throughout the week there will be light projections, theatrical interludes and readings from letters sent home from the soldiers recuperating at the Pavilion. One of the most striking soldier’s letters that Nutkhut came across, talked of the longing a solider had to play his flute and to be comforted by its sound. The students will be working with an Indian flute specialist and composer to create a flute work for a group of young people to perform at various points during Friday 27 May in the Pavilion Gardens. Inspired by the sounds of India this will be a modern interpretation of the sounds this soldier longed for.

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