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Welsh National Opera to launch virtual reality experience

Welsh National Opera will launch a new, site-specific virtual reality (VR) experience, Magic Butterfly, on 14 July 2017. With reimagined scenes from The Magic Flute and Madam Butterfly, the free experience will be presented inside a shipping container outside Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre and will allow visitors to use Google Daydream technology – a mobile VR platform – to engage with the reimagined world around them. Combining motion capture, animation, music and technology, Magic Butterfly is a new artistic commission from REWIND, an award-winning VR/AR content production agency which has delivered VR environments for Bjork, BBC and Red Bull. It features…

The current socio-cultural-political context to inclusive musical practice with young children and families

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Dr Carolyn Blackburn, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education, Birmingham City University, gave the keynote speech at Sound Connections’ Early Years Music Conference on 6 March 2017. Introduction and context Early Years settings in England are supporting a high and increasing number of children living in complex and challenging circumstances. For example, 580,000 children known to be eligible for free school meals had not reached the Government’s definition of a good level of development at the age of five (DfE, 2016). The question is raised of why this is and how…

Putting people at the centre: a new way of working

Amble Skuse
Amble Skuse has been selected for a residency with the British Paraorchestra. With a busy portfolio career, the writer, composer and performer says her Person-Centred Approach can teach arts and business a thing or two. Like most musicians, my life seems to be a constant plate-spinning operation. Very few of us are lucky enough to have one thing we do. We balance our lives between playing, teaching, recording, writing funding applications, report-writing, composing, studying, networking, arranging, practicing, planning, workshop-leading, weeping over wine and any number of other freelance musician activities. But as I grow, I start to wonder what the…

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