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London Sinfonietta KX Collective

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010


The Kings Cross or KX Collective are a group of young musicians (12-19) interested in contemporary music making who come together under the guidance of the London Sinfonietta. I recently led a workshop for the collective alongside animateur Jackie Walduck and three players from the London Sinfonietta.

The workshop was inspired by the work of Matthew Herbert whose new work ‘One Day’ was commissioned and performed by the London Sinfonietta during the workshop weekend. Herbert’s work incorporates field recordings, found objects, live sampling and live performers. The video below features Herbert talking about his approach to writing ‘One Day’:

Taking inspiration from Herbert’s work, in particular his P.C.C.O.M. – Personal Contract For The Composition Of Music [Incorporating the Manifesto Of Mistakes], the KX Collective explored experimental approaches to making music including improvisation, recording and sampling sounds, composing with sound, responding to recorded sounds using instruments and the voice and combining this material into a new musical composition.

The workshop was part of an ongoing programme of opportunities for young people in the Kings Cross area of London to take part in a diverse range of music making activities, working with professional musicians and expanding their musical horizons.