The world’s biggest celebration of music, Make Music Day UK is moving online for Sunday 21 June 2020. With social distancing in place, the annual festivities are all taking place virtually this year, but that won’t stop music lovers celebrating around the world in 125 countries. The Make Music Day live broadcast will feature 12 hours of specially curated performances, workshops and talks from Make Music Day Ambassadors and partners across the UK. Highlights include: exploration of South London’s musical landscape with Musicity who will showcase architecture-inspired music in partnership with Team London Bridge and Diaphonique as part of the London Festival of Architecture, featuring London-based French artists Clémentine March and Neue Grafik a singing lesson with Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas folk tales from former BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year Sam Sweeney – BBC Radio 1’s Arielle Free will put us in the party mood with one of her legendary DJ sets live sets from alt folk duo Wilswood Buoys, Spanish-Latin guitar duo De Fuego, songwriter and award nominated artist Emma McGann and indie band Small Screen plus a showcase of music from Plugged, Renegade Picnic and the National Youth Folk Ensemble young ambassadors from North Yorkshire’s youth music development charity NYMAZ will produce Rural Fest – live streamed performances and workshops from Yorkshire-based musicians Find the full line -up here Tune into the online stream from 10am – 10pm.
As the country’s music venues remain closed, Musicity moves online to present a day of live performances, celebrating both new music and South London architecture, as part of London Festival of Architecture and Make Music Day. From 1pm on Sunday 21 June, a six-hour live stream will feature new music, inspired by London architecture, including London Bridge locations The Shard, London Bridge Station, Southwark Cathedral and Bermondsey Street Tunnel in London Bridge, as well as The Albany, The Pioneer Health Centre in Peckham and Nunhead Cemetery. Musicity at Home will be hosted by the founder of Musicity, Nick Luscombe , former presenter of BBC Radio 3’s greatly-loved Late Junction and Musicity’s Project Manager Solen Fluzin, with video art and coverage provided by contemporary video artist James Alec Hardy. London Bridge City will show parts of the programme on its ECN digital display screens at The Scoop amphitheatre at More London. “Musicity will take you on a musical and architectural journey across London from the comfort of your home. You’ll experience sounds, music and stories and discover all sorts of places that you’ll want to visit afterwards.” – Nick Luscombe, Musicity Founder New Musicity tracks will be available to listen to from home Musicity builds a clear connection between music and places. Twenty five musicians and recording artists have previously created 25 audio tracks following the Low Line walking route through Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, now continuing across South London. Each site-specific composition could previously only be heard at each location, but can be streamed free of charge by selecting locations on www.musicityglobal.com/cities/musicity-x-low-line. New tracks will also be available to stream anywhere in the world from at musicityglobal.com. The artists Participating artists include rising electronic producer, instrumentalist and DJ Neue Grafik; audacious neo-classical composer Angèle David-Guillou; multi-instrumentalist singer and wanderer Clémentine March; multi-talented artist Laima, from the São Paulo contemporary art scene; electro-acoustic composer Thomas Stone ; live Jungle and Drum & Bass mash-up artist Suitman Jungle ; and Japanese-born, classically trained violinist and composer Chihiro Ono . Keep an eye on Musicity’s social media channels for more information about the artists over the coming weeks. Musicity is supported by Team London Bridge, Diaphonique and Arts Council England .
Special free public event hosted by BBC Radio 3 Late Junction’s Nick Luscombe Date: Tuesday 4 June 2019 at The Underdog Gallery. From 5pm til late. An evening of music and conversation to celebrate the launch of Musicity x Low Line, featuring London-based French composer and musician Lola de la Mata; live Jungle and Drum & Bass mash-up artist Suitman Jungle; deep house producer, composer, digital artist and jazz pianist Tom Szirties; musician, storyteller and supremo of the South East London Folklore Society, Cunning Folk; experimental soundscape creators and visual artists Gestalt; Japanese-born violinist Chihiro Ono; electro-acoustic composer Thomas Stone; audio-visual performance artist James Alec Hardy; and artist, curator, comedian, designer, stage manager, magic lanternist and bingo caller, Frog Morris. Launching as part of London Festival of Architecture 2019, Musicity x Low Line will see fifteen sites along the mighty Victorian railway viaduct, spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, come alive with new music created especially for each site. Entry is FREE: get your tickets here. Venue: The Underdog Gallery, Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge SE1 3JW. theunderdog.london musicityglobal.com The London Festival of Architecture is the world’s largest annual architecture festival. The theme for the 2019 event, which runs from 1-30 June across the capital, is ‘Boundaries’. London Bridge is a focus area for this year’s Festival and will be hosting over 60 events through the month. londonfestivalofarchitecture.org
Musicity invites musicians and recording artists to compose audio tracks in response to buildings and spaces in locations around the world. Founded in 2010 by BBC Radio 3 Late Junction presenter and radio producer Nick Luscombe, Musicity encourages audiences to venture out, to explore cities and to experience the urban environment in new and unexpected ways. As part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture Musicity has worked with musicians and sound artists each responding to 15 locations along The Low Line, focusing on the railway arches that have been part of Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey’s heritage for over 150 years. Each track will be geo-tagged to a different location including Flat Iron Square, Borough Market, Ewer Street, Bermondsey Street Tunnel, Southwark Cathedral, The Biscuit Factory, Vinegar Yard and others, and will be accessible for streaming via the Musicity smartphone webapp. Artists include Szjerdene, Erland Cooper, Suitman Jungle, William Doyle, Nabihah Iqbal, Chihiro Ono, The Memory Band, Gestalt, Frog Morris, Lossy, Cunning Folk, Tom Szirties, James Alec Hardy, Lola de la Mata and Thomas Stone. Click here for Musicity X Low Line. Visit mscty.space/ to explore new ways to experience the world through sound and space. Musicity x Low Line has been commissioned by Better Bankside, Team London Bridge and The Blue Bermondsey