Lakeside Arts at the University of Nottingham

Creativity within music from the Midlands was celebrated at the weekend in a marathon of music – in partnership with Lakeside Arts and NottFAR.

Audiences across Nottingham on 29 November 2020 gained an insight into the world of music as nine concerts – including 40 composers and 40 performers – took place.

These performers included an array of musical artists across the Midlands and beyond, as well as international soloists and ensembles.

In charge of the event was University of Nottingham run museum and arts centre, Lakeside Arts who also worked in partnership with the Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research (NottFAR).

Elizabeth Kelly, co-curator of the NottNoise New Music Marathon said: “We were really proud to spotlight incredible music we have from across the region and bring the community together.”

The event went on to reach international audiences including viewers from South America and Australia.

“Even when the chips are down as it were the passion for music really shone through.”
Elizabeth kelly

The performance ran from 11am until 7:30pm with a varied musical performance on offer for all audiences to enjoy and experience what the music world has to offer.

The objective of the event was to explore the diverse world of music, and it did just this as performances varied in terms of instruments and styles.

Stand out performers were opening acts The Villiers Quartet.

Performers were Katie Stillman and Tamaki Higashi on the violins, Carmen Flores on the Viola and Leo Melvin on the Cello.

The quartet performed four separate acts, all which were different in style and tone.

Firstly, we had the performance of A Whimsical Afternoon by Dominic Chivers, introducing audiences into an upbeat atmosphere of music.

In a way, this first performance related to its title as it the reminded us of an afternoon stroll, perhaps alongside a river.

The Quartet then moved on to their performance of Storm Keplies by Samantha Coleman, moving towards a slower tone.

It made it more of a relaxing watch compared to the previous performance, and really exhibited the opposing styles of music these performers had on offer.

Suddenly, with the entrance of Elizabeth Kelly accompanying them, the performance had a change in pace and tone and it really brought in the more thundery feel as the performance once again related to its title.

Other highlight performers throughout the day was Promenade, composed and performed by Tom Hill.

Compared to The Villiers Quartet, Tom’s performance was a personal favourite as it brought a groovier feel to the more classical based day, producing a 70s vibe throughout his recital.

The entrance of the saxophone in particular was the standout, showcasing the jazzier side to music.

In terms of the future, the Nott Noise New Music Marathon hopes to perform live again, however the online medium they have experienced with this provides them with more opportunities for other music events in the future.

Elizabeth went on to add: “Even when the chips are down as it were the passion for music really shone through.”

The Nott Noise Music Marathon is available to watch on YouTube here.

By Katie Green