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August 19 News

August has provided a bit more time to rest after a very busy few months for the Vonnegut Collective. Our founders, Gemma & Gary had a little well-deserved time off (after playing in the Proms with the BBC Philharmonic first though!) to soak up some sun, read and spend time with family, but of course, there were still things happening with the Collective, take a look:

Although this month has been a quiet month for performances, the collective and our brilliant trustees have been working hard to support and complete different applications in order to make our organisation more sustainable in the future…more on that soon! We want to use this opportunity to say a massive thank you to all our followers and supporters who enable us to pursue our love of new music and bring its importance to wider audiences.

We did manage to gather together the 2018-19 VC members for dinner and drinks in central Manchester (Bundobust – give it a go if you haven’t been) to celebrate and recognise all the achievements and hard work within the Collective. August has provided us with a time of reflection and of looking forward to the future…we have lots of exciting projects up and coming so keep an eye on our website to make sure you don’t miss out!

Also this month, a few of us got together with film-maker Mark Solter and actor Jeffrey Gane to watch the final version of The Moon Smells Like Gunpowder. This is the award-winning short film with original score made by the brilliant Norm Skipp featuring instrumental sounds of Gary, Harry and Gemma. It was so brilliant to finally see and hear the finished article, having started work on this together back in 2016.

We had an unofficial semi-Vonnegut Collective appearance at the brilliant Southwell Music Festival too, in a short performance of a newly commissioned setting of three folksongs by Graham South. These were commissioned by the festival with VC in mind and will hopefully be featured in one of our own concerts soon – watch this space!

At the end of this month, we’re delighted to be rejoining Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera for a 9 day course filled with workshops for young vocalists and instrumentalists. Already we found there was so much to learn from each other and we will give you the full update in our September News.

 


Here is an audio version of this month’s blog: