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Cambridge North Folk Song Project Participants

Welcome to Cambridge North Folk Song Project! If you'd like to be involved in contributing stories, ideas and writing songs for Cambridge North Folk Song Project. Information about how to take part is provided in the short video ...

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I Would Rather Walk With You Participants

Thank you for registering to take part in contributing recordings for I Would Rather Walk With You. This page contains helpful resources to assist you. If you have any questions or would like to chat about your contribution, you can email me on ...

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Process Blog #2: Requiem for Crossbones

Traces of plots that never were... 8th May 2018 - At Crossbones graveyard, there are no distinguishable plots or grave markers to acknowledge the dead. It is a paupers graveyard. Its occupants had very little, and their funerals were paid for by ...

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Process Blog #1: Requiem for Crossbones

5th May 2018 -  I have spent the past few days agonising about nursery rhymes and children's songs: an element that will feature in Requiem for Crossbones. When I create a new work, I feel it is important to lead with my gut instinct, which ...

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Halfway to Heaven at Wintersound 2018

In January I am exhibiting at Wintersound at The Sidney Cooper Gallery - a collaboration between Free Range, The School of Music and Performing Arts and The Centre for Practice Based Research in the Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University. I ...

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British Composer Awards Nominations

I'm very pleased to announce that my works BIRDS and other Stories (2017) and Crossing Over (2016) have been nominated for British Composer Awards. The awards promote the art of composition, recognise the creative talent ...

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Kent Artists Project by Robert Greshoff

August 2017 Earlier this month I was fortunate to take part in Robert Greshoff's long term portraiture project documenting artists living and working in Kent and titled the Kent Artists Project and a short time-lapse of the ...

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Folkestone Triennial 2017 Artist Announcement

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TEDx: Emily! Don’t Do That! (2017)

'When it comes to presentations that are as poignant as they are hilarious, few fit the bill as well as Emily Peasgood's unique talk on self belief and beating the voices that hold us back from who we are' - Tedx Folkestone.   Emily! ...

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Southbank Centre: Sound-artist and composer Emily Peasgood, in her own words

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LIFTED at Southbank Centre in Royal Festival Hall lifts (2017)

On 1st July 2017 LIFTED will take place in two synchronised at the Southbank Centre in the Royal Festival Hall lifts, performed by the original LIFTED singers, Voicelab and Jackapella as part of the 2017 Chorus ...

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Kent Creative Awards Winner: Composition

On 19th May 2017 Emily was awarded a Kent Creative Award for her music practice as a composer, sound artist and musical director.    GALLERY [smartslider3 ...

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Call for Singers

Crossing Over: Call For Singers By Emily Peasgood October 2016 Crossing Over is a new choral work I am currently researching and developing. Marking the anniversary of approximately 140 enslaved Africans on the slave ship Zong on 29 November ...

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Interview – Whitstable Pearl – Canterbury Times [September 2014]

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Vigil – Canterbury Times [September 2014]

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Occupying Alex Hartley’s Vigil and composing LIFTED, 14 storey’s up (2014)

By Emily Peasgood During Folkestone Triennial 2014, I occupied Alex Hartley's Vigil installation. Suspended 14 storey's up, on the exterior of the Grand Burstin Hotel, I sat on a series of climbers' portaledges and worked with my battery powered ...

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Choral Arrangements

August 2014  Since leading my first community choir in 2006, I have arranged over 200 songs. I believe there is a shortage of contemporary repertoire which is 'suitable' for use in a community choir setting, where singers have a wide variety ...

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Tate St Ives and Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

16th August 2014  I recently returned from a visit to St Ives where I undertook research for a possible Sounds Like Art project in 2015. St Ives is a vibrant art colony on the North Penwith coast, in Cornwall, with a rich artistic ...

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Landscapes in Canterbury Times [April 2014]

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WOW Magazine Feature: Sounds Like Art [April 2014]

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en Choir EP Launch

By Emily Peasgood   On July 19th 2014, my gospel choir en Choir released their debut EP which features a selection of my arrangements of contemporary songs. I also commissioned documentary maker Anton French to make this video to document ...

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A Conversation with Turner Contemporary [15th April 2014]

Emily was recently interviewed by conversation conservationist Moya Stirrup, at Turner ...

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An Open Letter to Open Mic UK

April 30th 2014    Dear Open Mic UK, Thank you for your email. By legal definition you may be a legitimate ‘talent show’ but you really ought to be more honest. This is a huge money making scheme. Having read your terms and ...

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Sounds Like Art (2014 – )

  February 2014    Twelve years ago, when I was studying music in London and composing synth-based trance and electronica, I often thought about ways of combining the many forms of creative expression: dance, music, ...

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en Choir

8th February 2014  After several years of arranging music for traditional community choirs I needed an outlet for my quirkier arrangements and compositions. In 2011 I formed en Choir with the aim of bringing together a diverse group of ...

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Vocal Technique for Singers: Breathing and Breath Control 101

By Emily Peasgood.   As I focus on selected vocal techniques during warm-up sessions with my gospel choir, en Choir, here are my top tips on breathing and breath control for singing:   Posture The first step in ...

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As She Moved Thro’ The Fair

On 17th March 2013 my arrangement of As She Moved Thro' The Fair was recorded by Ian Button at All Saints Church in Whitstable. Here is the unedited recording featuring: Christina Birkett (Soprano) Emily Peasgood (Alto) Peter Futcher ...

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Upbeat about the Internet: FLUTE Magazine – British Flute Society [December 2012]

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Brendan Power, Emily Peasgood & Paul Smith Trio

Throughout 2012 I worked on with harmonica player Brendan Power and guitarist Paul Smith. Recorded in my home studio, here is an example of one of the songs we worked on. Everything I Do Gohn' Be Funky, an old Allen Touissant tune, ...

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Vocal Show Reel

1. Ode To Billie Joe (Blues) 2. Miracle (Jazz) 3. Everything's Gohn Be Funky (Funk) 4. Groove Is In The Heart (Disco) 5. Sex Machine ...

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Ode To Billie Joe

In 2012 I recorded my favourite blues song, Ode To Billie Joe, in my home studio. Frances Knight features on ...

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Music Students Today: FLUTE Magazine – British Flute Society [June 2012]

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Scrounge on the Farm

May 9th, 2012  As festival season approaches, competitions offering local musicians the chance to perform are on the increase. It might seem harmless enough; a great way to gain exposure and all in all a whole lot of fun, right? But what we ...

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Great Singer? Don’t Audition for a TV Talent Show

April 22nd 2012    Punters often approach me at gigs to lovingly suggest that I should audition for the X Factor. And although I understand that this is their way of saying you’re really good, I laugh it off to ...

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The Olympics – Musicians Need To Be Paid Too

April 20th 2012    But musicians are always asked to play for free, aren’t they?   Two weeks after I published the article Why Musicians Shouldn’t Work For Peanuts  it came to light that organisers of the London ...

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Why Musicians Shouldn’t Work For Peanuts

May 31st 2012    Music venues are paying less and expecting more from the ever-struggling musician. They want it all; brilliance, pa and lighting, posters, publicity, a ready crowd of family and friends to pack out their venue and what ...

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The 24 Hour Musician: Rights, Respect and Exploitation

May 4th 2012    For fun, this afternoon I googled Why are musicians so expensive? And as expected, there were no relevant results. So I retyped: Why are plumbers so expensive? and clicked search. A barrage of ...

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The Trouble With Teaching Music

February 10th 2012   "But, you’re singing a soul standard and you sound like a cheap cabaret singer. Who are you trying to emulate?"    Last week. James’ first singing lesson. Spoken by me, the ever-frustrated music ...

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Poetry Isle, Lemn Sissay (2012)

By Emily Peasgood In January 2012, Thanet Big Sing Community Choir worked with poet Lemn Sissay to set his poem for Margate, For Work For Love to music. Composer and former Musical Director Tony Castro set For Work For ...

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Miracle by Frances Knight

Pianist and accordion player Frances Knight is a hugely understated composer and songwriter. I have performed with Frances for many years and during 2009-2010 recorded some of Frances' original songs. Here is one of my ...

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Vintage Jazz Demo, 2005

  I present some recordings of young a Emily, made when I started to become interested in jazz but hadn't yet understood how to sing jazz. However, it's important to embrace one's past, so here goes.   [caption id="attachment_448" ...