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MusicUpClose, Conway Hall, London


The first series of our interactive performing events took place over a six-week period during early Autumn.


Session One: Tone Deaf?

Tuesday September 25th, 7 – 8.30pm


Beethoven composed some of the world’s best-known music when he couldn’t hear – or could he? Can we disprove the condition of being ‘tone deaf’? What difference does it make if a piece of music is in F major, C minor, Ab Major…?  A live experiment will be conducted using a cello, soprano, piano and a mobile phone!


Session Two: I Got Rhythm!

Tuesday October 2nd, 7 – 8.30pm


How important is rhythm in music?  Is it as important in classical music as it is in popular music? Is rhythm important to all music?  What difference does rhythm make to the feel of the music? Why is the main motif from Beethoven’s 5th Symphony (da da da dum…) so iconic?


Session Three: An Unanswered Question: how do composers ‘compose’?

Tuesday October 9th, 7 – 8.30pm


How do composers think up all this music?  Where do their ideas come from?  Is composing akin to writing a novel with a plot, a structure, and pacing?  Was contemporary music received in a similar way to the modern day at the time Beethoven was composing?  Put your questions to two living composers.


Session Four: Variations on a theme…

Tuesday October 16th, 7 – 8.30pm


Many composers wrote ‘variations’.  What exactly does this mean?  How is the music varied? With the same ideas being repeated, how do composers avoid the music becoming boring? Beethoven’s take on the variation form will be used as a starting point for this discourse.


Session Five: Conductors – What’s the Point?

Tuesday October 23rd, 7 – 8.30pm


Why are conductors seen to be important? What do they actually do?  Aren’t they simply egotistical despots? Two of them will attempt to explain themselves, and you can ask the questions you’ve always wanted to!


Session Six: Inside the Music!

Tuesday October 30th, 7 – 8.30pm (followed by drinks)


Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be right at the centre of the action to see, hear and feel what the performers encounter?  How do musicians communicate and stay together during a performance?  Both will be discovered as we delve into the interior of a performance of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

Kerry Andrew (aka You Are Wolf) as Birdlore, with support from the RVW Trust rvw-logo-72dpi


Deal Festival of Music and the Arts, Kent


Kerry Andrew (aka You Are Wolf) & sound collective


Voice + Loop Station Kerry Andrew

Clarinets Stuart King

Violin Dave Le Page

Violin Catherine Leech

Viola David Aspin

Cello Chris Allen


The premiere of Kerry Andrew's new song project, Birdlore (murders, charms and murmurations), which explores British birds through traditional and original folk songs, alongside Dvořák's String Quartet in F major op.96 ‘American’.


sound collective was very grateful for funding support from the RVW Trust for this project.

Conway Hall. DSC03182 Tom Hammond.