Stanmer Park Restoration Project

Brighton & Hove Music for Connection are delighted to be offering nine free workshops as part of the Stanmer Park Restoration Project, in 2021-22. 

There have been lots of changes to the park during the Restoration Project, so this is a chance to get to know the park in a new way: through using our ears we’ll be exploring sound and music together outdoors, and creating one-off in-the-moment sound and art pieces. No experience is necessary, and the sessions are completely free to attend (booking required). 

Working with Migrant English Project
 

Event #7: 7th June ’22: Playing With Sound: nature, spoken word, and soundmaking:

A playful and fun weaving of sounds and words, inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Stanmer Park, Brighton.

About this event

Join Bela Emerson and Kay Walton-Smith for the concluding Playing With Sound session: a playful exploration of sound, spoken word, and nature, inspired by the beautiful setting of Stanmer Park.

This is a playful workshop space for curiosity and exploration – no previous experience or particular ability is needed.

The session forms part of Brighton & Hove Music for Connection’s Stanmer Sounds sessions, as part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Stanmer Park Restoration Project.

What to expect

Based on listening, we’ll be gathering words and sounds to weave a unique piece together for our own enjoyment. This is a lighthearted workshop – no particular experience is required, and people can join in as much or as little as they wish.

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There have been lots of changes to the park during the Restoration Project, so this is a chance to get to know the park in a new way.

Stanmer Sounds attendee: ‘I really enjoyed the space to be playful with other people’.

Is this for me?

All adults and accompanied children are welcome to take part in the sessions. No music-making or particular movement experience is necessary, just an openness to take part and try new things.

All participants can contribute as they wish.

If you have any questions, please contact us to discuss.

Is this a course or a drop-in?

You can book just one session or sign up for others as they become available – it’s up to you. Each session is unique; please see the website for details of each one. Sessions are funded by Brighton & Hove City Council – they’re free, but places are limited, so if you book, please turn up!

BOOKING ESSENTIAL:  www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/playing-with-sound-nature-spoken-word-and-soundmaking-tickets-333440338027

About Stanmer Sounds

BHMC are running three types of Stanmer Sounds sessions (nine in all) from Summer ’21- Summer ’22. These are part of the Stanmer Restoration Project, focusing on sound and listening, heritage and community, and wellbeing. All sessions are free to attend and facilitated by experienced, friendly, and supportive community musicians and artists, to help you enjoy our beautiful park. For details of the other sessions, please visit : https://musicforconnection.co.uk/stanmer

More session details will be announced soon – please like our page for updates and to ensure you can book a place: www.facebook.com/musicforconnection

Contact details: 01273 569096 hello@musicforconnection.co.uk

Event #8: 16th June ’22: Seasonal Listening Walk – summer:

Summer Listening Walk: part of an exciting series of free specially-created sessions using sound and listening to explore Stanmer Park.

About this event

Join us for our final Seasonal Listening Walk, on the theme of working, playing, and living in Stanmer – a seasonal walk around Stanmer Park using our ears to guide us. We will be exploring Stanmer past and present using a range of creative tools that are fun and accessible for people of all abilities. 

What to expect

There have been lots of changes to the park during the Restoration Project, so this is a chance to get to know the park in a new way.

We will meet at the Stanmer Churchyard. We will start with a simple ‘deep listening exercise’ before going for a walk around the ornamental woods/ Arboretum. Our theme for this Spring walk is listening and playing with the trees.

We expect to be walking gently for an hour with some uphill and uneven terrain . We will be stopping regularly to listen. It will be moderate walking difficulty. Please wear appropriate walking footwear, cover legs and bring water.

Is this for me?

All adults and accompanied children are welcome to take part in the sessions. No music-making or listening walk experience is necessary, just an openness to take part and try new things.

If you have any concerns about listening or walking, please contact us to discuss.

Is this a course or a drop-in?

You can book just one walk or sign up for other sessions as they become available – it’s up to you. Each session is unique; please see the website for details of each one. Sessions are funded by Brighton & Hove City Council – they’re free, but places are limited, so if you book, please turn up!

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stanmer-sounds-summer-listening-walk-tickets-333442715137

Stanmer Sounds

BHMC are running three types of Stanmer Sounds sessions (nine in all ) from Summer ’21- Summer ’22. These are part of the Stanmer Restoration Project, focusing on sound and listening, heritage and community, and wellbeing. All sessions are free to attend and facilitated by experienced, friendly, and supportive community musicians and artists, to help you enjoy our beautiful park. For details of the other sessions, please visit : https://musicforconnection.co.uk/stanmer

Contact details: 01273 569096 hello@musicforconnection.co.uk

 

Previous Stanmer Sounds events:

Event #6: 28th April ’22: Playing With Sound: nature, dance, and soundmaking:

A playful and fun exploration of Sussex folk dance and music, inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Stanmer Park, Brighton.

About this event

Join Bela Emerson (Brighton & Hove Music for Connection) & Anna Schwarz (Brighton Ceilidh Collective) of Hollingdean Wednesdays for an exciting, free creative session exploring Sussex folk dances and tunes, using what we find in nature as inspiration.

This is a playful workshop space for curiosity and exploration – no previous experience or particular ability is needed.

The session forms part of Brighton & Hove Music for Connection’s Stanmer Sounds sessions, as part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Stanmer Park Restoration Project.

What to expect

Based on our Hollingdean Folk Sessions, we’ll be playing / moving to/ developing local folk-based rhythms. No playing or dance experience is required, and people can join in as much or as little as they wish. We’ll be walking round the One Garden area (circular walk up to 1.5 miles in total) taking inspiration from beautiful Stanmer in springtime: trees, flowers, foliage, birdsong.

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There have been lots of changes to the park during the Restoration Project, so this is a chance to get to know the park in a new way.

Stanmer Sounds attendee: ‘I really enjoyed the space to be playful with other people’.

Is this for me?

All adults and accompanied children are welcome to take part in the sessions. No music-making or particular movement experience is necessary, just an openness to take part and try new things.

All participants can contribute as they wish.

If you have any questions, please contact us to discuss.

Is this a course or a drop-in?

You can book just one session or sign up for others as they become available – it’s up to you. Each session is unique; please see the website for details of each one. Sessions are funded by Brighton & Hove City Council – they’re free, but places are limited, so if you book, please turn up!

BOOKING ESSENTIALhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/playing-with-sound-nature-dance-and-soundmaking-tickets-307540892087

About Stanmer Sounds

BHMC are running three types of Stanmer Sounds sessions (nine in all) from Summer ’21- Summer ’22. These are part of the Stanmer Restoration Project, focusing on sound and listening, heritage and community, and wellbeing. All sessions are free to attend and facilitated by experienced, friendly, and supportive community musicians and artists, to help you enjoy our beautiful park. For details of the other sessions, please visit : https://musicforconnection.co.uk/stanmer

More session details will be announced soon – please like our page for updates and to ensure you can book a place: www.facebook.com/musicforconnection 

Contact details: 01273 569096 hello@musicforconnection.co.uk

 

Event #5: 14th April ’22: Seasonal Listening Walk – springtime trees:

Spring Listening Walk: part of an exciting series of free specially-created sessions using sound and listening to explore Stanmer Park.

About this event

Join us for a seasonal walk around Stanmer Park using our ears to guide us. We will be exploring Stanmer past and present using a range of creative tools that are fun and accessible for people of all abilities. We invite you to open your ears to experience our surroundings through the changing seasons.

What to expect

There have been lots of changes to the park during the Restoration Project, so this is a chance to get to know the park in a new way.

We will meet at the Stanmer Churchyard. We will start with a simple ‘deep listening exercise’ before going for a walk around the ornamental woods/ Arboretum. Our theme for this Spring walk is listening and playing with the trees.

If you would like to think about how we can listen to trees before the walk, you can listen to this BBC Radio 4 programme: How trees are talking to you and how to listen to them.

We expect to be walking gently for an hour with some uphill and uneven terrain . We will be stopping regularly to listen. It will be moderate walking difficulty. Please wear appropriate walking footwear, cover legs and bring water.

Is this for me?

All adults and accompanied children are welcome to take part in the sessions. No music-making or listening walk experience is necessary, just an openness to take part and try new things.

If you have any concerns about listening or walking, please contact us to discuss.

Is this a course or a drop-in?

You can book just one walk or sign up for other sessions as they become available – it’s up to you. Each session is unique; please see the website for details of each one. Sessions are funded by Brighton & Hove City Council – they’re free, but places are limited, so if you book, please turn up!

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stanmer-sounds-spring-listening-walk-tickets-296667559657

Stanmer Sounds

BHMC are running three types of Stanmer Sounds sessions (nine in all ) from Summer ’21- Summer ’22. These are part of the Stanmer Restoration Project, focusing on sound and listening, heritage and community, and wellbeing. All sessions are free to attend and facilitated by experienced, friendly, and supportive community musicians and artists, to help you enjoy our beautiful park. For details of the other sessions, please visit : https://musicforconnection.co.uk/stanmer

Contact details: 01273 569096 hello@musicforconnection.co.uk

 

Event #4: 10th March ’22: Seasonal Listening Walk with Migrant English Project (closed group)

Event #3: 24th February ’22, 2-3:30pm: Playing With Sound #2: sound and movement, with Bela Emerson and Anne Colvin

About this event

Join Bela Emerson (Brighton & Hove Music for Connection) & Anne Colvin (dance artist, Imprint Creative) for an exciting, free creative session exploring interactions between movement and sound, using what we find in nature as inspiration.

This is a playful workshop space for curiosity and exploration – no previous experience or particular ability is needed.

The session forms part of Brighton & Hove Music for Connection’s Stanmer Sounds sessions, as part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Stanmer Park Restoration Project.

What to expect

We’ll be creating spontaneous pieces together for our own enjoyment, in a beautiful space in the newly-restored Stanmer Park estate.

There have been lots of changes to the park during the Restoration Project, so this is a chance to get to know the park in a new way.

Stanmer Sounds attendee: ‘I really enjoyed the space to be playful with other people’.

Is this for me?

All adults and accompanied children are welcome to take part in the sessions. No music-making or particular movement experience is necessary, just an openness to take part and try new things.

All participants can contribute as they wish.

If you have any questions, please contact us to discuss.

Is this a course or a drop-in?

You can book just one session or sign up for others as they become available – it’s up to you. Each session is unique; please see the website for details of each one. Sessions are funded by Brighton & Hove City Council – they’re free, but places are limited, so if you book, please turn up!

BOOKING ESSENTIAL:  

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/playing-with-sound-an-exploration-of-where-nature-sound-and-moving-meet-tickets-251876357967

More session details will be announced soon – please like our page for updates and to ensure you can book a place: www.facebook.com/musicforconnection 

 

Event #2: 10th November ’21, 2-3:30pm: Playing With Sound #1: sound and drawing, with Bela and Rachel

 

About this event

Join musician Bela Emerson & visual artist Rachel Cohen for an inspiring creative session exploring interactions between drawing / mark-making and sound.

This is a playful workshop space for curiosity and exploration – no previous experience or particular ability is needed.

We’ll be creating spontaneous pieces together for our own enjoyment, in a beautiful indoor space in the newly-restored Stanmer Park estate.

The session forms part of Brighton & Hove Music for Connection’s Stanmer Sounds sessions, as part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Stanmer Park Restoration Project.

What to expect

There have been lots of changes to the park during the Restoration Project, so this is a chance to get to know the park in a new way.

Please bring any drawing materials you have – including biros, pencils, art materials.

Is this for me?

All adults and accompanied children are welcome to take part in the sessions. No music-making or drawing experience is necessary, just an openness to take part and try new things.

If you have any questions, please contact us to discuss.

Is this a course or a drop-in?

You can book just one session or sign up for others as they become available – it’s up to you. Each session is unique; please see the website for details of each one. Sessions are funded by Brighton & Hove City Council – they’re free, but places are limited, so if you book, please turn up!

About Brighton & Hove Music for Connection

We are the city’s specialist community music organisation for adults of all abilities to connect and create together, for wellbeing and social inclusion. For this project we are also working with several other Brighton & Hove -based community artists.

Brighton and Hove Music for Connection are running three types of Stanmer Sounds sessions (nine in all ) from Summer ’21- Summer ’22. These are part of the Stanmer Restoration Project, focusing on sound and listening, heritage and community, and wellbeing. All sessions are free to attend and facilitated by experienced, friendly, and supportive community musicians and artists, to help you enjoy our beautiful park. 

Contact details: 01273 569096 hello@musicforconnection.co.uk

More session details will be announced soon – please like our page for updates and to ensure you can book a place: www.facebook.com/musicforconnection 

 

Event #1: 13th October ’21, 2-3:30pm: Autumnal Listening Walk with Bela and Bethan

Join us for our first seasonal walk around Stanmer Park using our ears to guide us. We will be exploring Stanmer past and present using a range of creative tools that are fun and accessible for people of all abilities. We invite you to open your ears to experience our surroundings through the changing seasons.

What to expect

We will meet at the Lower Lodges new cafe and playground area. We will start with a simple ‘deep listening exercise’ before going for a walk around the meadow and the ornamental woods/ Arboretum. Our theme for this autumn walk is foraging and materials.

We expect to be walking gently for an hour with some uphill and uneven terrain . We will be stopping regularly to listen. It will be moderate walking difficulty. Please wear appropriate walking footwear, cover legs and bring water.

Is this for me?

All adults and accompanied children are welcome to take part in the sessions. No music-making or listening walk experience is necessary, just an openness to take part and try new things.

If you have any concerns about listening or walking, please contact us to discuss.

Is this a course or a drop-in?

You can book just one walk or sign up for other sessions as they become available – it’s up to you. Each session is unique; please see the website for details of each one. Sessions are funded by Brighton & Hove City Council – they’re free, but places are limited, so if you book, please turn up!

Brighton & Hove Music for Connection

We are the city’s specialist community music organisation for adults of all abilities to connect and create together, for wellbeing and social inclusion. For this project we are also working with several other Brighton & Hove -based community artists.

Brighton and Hove Music for Connection are running three types of Stanmer Sounds sessions (nine in all ) from Summer ’21- Summer ’22. These are part of the Stanmer Restoration Project, focusing on sound and listening, heritage and community, and wellbeing. All sessions are free to attend and facilitated by experienced, friendly, and supportive community musicians and artists, to help you enjoy our beautiful park.

Book here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/169089289617

More session details will be announced soon – please visit www.facebook.com/musicforconnection 

Contact details: 01273 569096 hello@musicforconnection.co.uk

Photos from recent Stanmer Sounds sessions