Reception Celebration: Experiment!


Venue Space

Running time 120 minutes


£4 per child | accompanying adults free but please book your free place below
Suitable for all ages
No children without an adult and no adult without a child please

Next date 14th September 11:00 am

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About this event

Music improvisation using hand signal conducting pioneered by Sun Ra. Come and play with a wider range of musical instruments and have a try at conducting everyone.

With Sam Richards and Lona Kozik
Lona Kozik is a composer, improviser, radio-maker and pianist. She studied improvisation and electronic music at Mills College, USA and is co-founder of Totnes School of Piano. Her suite of piano pieces, “Fast Jump”, was recorded on CD by Danny Holt. She has performed on BBC Radio 3, the American Museum, Bath and many other venues in the UK and United States. She created the popular Blakeney Postcards for a sonic exhibition as part of the Open University/AHRC project “Sounding Coastal Change”. Also co-created and produced the radio ballads “The Village, the Sea and the Turning Tide” for the same OU project where she was also employed as sound artist. She has co-presented her own shows, Prelude to the Red Curtain and The Pulse, on Soundart Radio.

Sam Richards is a composer, improviser, writer, folklorist and singer. Lecturer in music at Higher Education level. Co-founder of Totnes School of Piano. He has scripted and presented docu-drama, talks and plays for BBC Radios 3 and 4 and broadcast on Resonance (London), Phonic FM (Exeter), various regional stations, and has presented his own programmes on new music and folk music for Soundart Radio. With Lona Kozik he co-created and wrote songs for The Village, the Sea and the Turning Tide (2018), a radio ballad for the Open University/AHFC project “Sounding Coastal Change” for which he was also employed as composer and researcher.

£4 per child | accompanying adults free but please book your free place below.
Suitable for all ages
No child without an adult and no adult without a child please

Part of Reception Celebration, a weekend of experimental radio made by young children. 

Part of Reception Celebration 

Free festival for families, celebrating children’s voices on the radio. Experiment with sound and transmission, tell stories, play music, sing and parade!

Drop in story-making activities, art exhibition and live broadcasts are available throughout the weekend of 14-15 September. For the full programme of events, including many free options, head to our event microsite.

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Saturday 14th September

Sunday 15th September

Visiting Dartington Hall

At our 1,200 acre estate, based in South Devon, there’s plenty to explore – from the natural beauty of the grounds, to our visitor attractions and year-round events programme. You can also make a stay of it with our historic hotel or campsite, and enjoy award-winning food and drink in our cafes and restaurants.


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