Creativity/Covid-19 Music

Oliver's Message

Welcome to creativity during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please connect with the Blyth Centre and its new webpages to share free art classes and music performances, so we can keep being creative together.

Oliver's Message

Oliver's Message

Welcome video for creativity during Covid 19.

Welcome to creativity during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please connect with the Blyth Centre and its new webpages to share free art classes and music performances, so we can keep being creative together.

Marianna Kapsetaki Chopin Etude op.25 no.12 "Ocean"

Marianna Kapsetaki Chopin Etude op.25 no.12 "Ocean"

Marianna Kapsetaki Chopin Etude op.25 no.12 "Ocean" -

Dr Marianna Kapsetaki presents Chopin’s virtuosic ‘Ocean’ Étude. Not only a hugely impressive pianist, she has a MBBS Hons (1st) in Medicine, MSc (Distinction) in Performing Arts Medicine from University College London, and is undergoing a PhD in Neuroscience at Imperial College London. She has won 1st prize in twelve international and national piano competitionsover thirty awards/scholarships, and has performed over 160 concerts (venues include: St John’s Smith SquareSt George's Bristol and Cheltenham Town Hall). Her recent appearances as a soloist include concertos by Beethoven (Emperor Concerto in Greece under George Petrou and in London), GriegMozart,and Chopin. Since 2013 she has been studying piano with Christopher Elton.
ICSO March 2019 Shostakovich third movement

ICSO March 2019 Shostakovich third movement

ICSO March 2019 Shostakovich third movement

Each year, the Imperial College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Gooch, plays a prestigious concert at London’s Cadogan Hall. In 2019, the programme included Mahler’s ‘Titan’ Symphony No 1 and Shostakovich’s exuberant Piano Concerto No 2 (soloist Renke Huang, Design Engineering student). Written in 1957 for Shostakovich’s son, Maxim, it is a work of dazzling virtuosity and serene beauty. Here you can hear the opening of the second movement and the fireworks of the virtuosic final movement.

ICSO 2019 Shostakovich second movement

ICSO 2019 Shostakovich second movement

ICSO performing 2019 Shostakovich second movement

Each year, the Imperial College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Gooch, plays a prestigious concert at London’s Cadogan Hall. In 2019, the programme included Mahler’s ‘Titan’ Symphony No 1 and Shostakovich’s exuberant Piano Concerto No 2 (soloist Renke Huang, Design Engineering student). Written in 1957 for Shostakovich’s son, Maxim, it is a work of dazzling virtuosity and serene beauty. Here you can hear the opening of the second movement and the fireworks of the virtuosic final movement.

Imperial College Chamber Choir Tallis Canon

Imperial College Chamber Choir Tallis Canon

Imperial College Chamber Choir Tallis Canon (arr. by Bob Chilcott)

Jack Apperley directs the IC Chamber Choir in this haunting rendition of Chilcott’s Tallis Canon. The melody, written around 1560, has been subtly transformed by Chilcott into an original and memorable setting for double choir. Bob Chilcott’s arrangement of Tallis’ popular hymn tune, sung by the Imperial College Chamber Choir and conducted by Jack Apperley. Recorded from various locations around the UK during the lockdown period in May 2020.

Audio and video put together by Tom Briggs and Justin Soriano

Musical Theatre sing ‘I See Stars’

Musical Theatre ‘I See Stars’

Musical Theatre sing ‘I See Stars’ from Mean Girls

Aside from an explosive contemporary score, ‘Mean Girls’ doesn’t immediately seem like a particularly inspirational subject from which to choose a song. ‘I See Stars’ was chosen for its stirring message emphasising our inherent and unique value as individuals. It seemed fitting to put together a message that reminds us how much we all mean to each other at a time when we are missing our friends so dearly. It was incredibly rewarding to each contribute to something so special in such gloomy times and we hope our performance will be uplifting for all those who watch.

Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement)

Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement)

ESTA (European String Teachers Association) playing Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement)

Shoko Middleton is a Lecturer in Japanese at Imperial as well as a violinist in Sinfonietta. She has recently recorded remotely Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement) with fellow members of the ESTA (European String Teachers Association).
Techtonics Fireflies

Techtonics Fireflies

Techtonics are an all-Male A Cappella group singing Fireflies by Owl City

Straight from our bedrooms, whilst we procrastinate revision for the remote-exams up ahead, The Techtonics bring you a short cover of Fireflies by Owl City.

The Techtonics are an all-Male A Cappella group here at Imperial. These students have established themselves firmly at the top end of the worldwide collegiate a cappella scene, placing third in the UK in this year’s International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. No matter what they’re doing, from multiple performances per year in London, to their annual international tours, The Techtonics continue to push the boundaries of contemporary a cappella!

Duet No 1 from Ten Duos - Gliere

Duet No 1 from Ten Duos - Gliere with Elizabeth & Catherine

Elizabeth and Catherine playing Duet No 1 from Ten Duos - Gliere

Elizabeth is a final year physics student at Imperial, where she has played regularly in the Imperial College Symphony Orchestra for four years. As an Ash scholar, she took lessons at the Royal College of Music during her studies at Imperial. Her sister, Catherine, is currently studying for a masters at the Royal Academy of Music.

Jonathan Hedley singing Schubert’s Der Doppelgänger

Jonathan Hedley singing Schubert’s Der Doppelgänger

Jonathan Hedley singing Schubert’s Der Doppelgänger

Jonathan Hedley, a final year MSci Chemistry with Molecular Physics student, sings (and plays) Schubert’s Der Doppelgänger. Written in 1828, the year of Schubert’s death, it starts:

The night is quiet, the streets are calm,
In this house my beloved once lived...

Jonathan currently sings bass in Imperial’s All-Male A Cappella group, The Techtonics, and will become Chair of the A Cappella society next year.

 ICCC Singing Tallis in manus tuas

IC Chamber Choir Tallis In manus tuas

Imperial College Chamber Choir Singing

Imperial Chamber Choir’s virtual choir, directed by their Music Director Jack Apperley, sing this extraordinarily tender and graceful little motet by renowned Tudor composer, Thomas Tallis

Audio and Video edited by Tom Briggs

 

 

Creativity/Covid-19 Art classes

Freestyle doodling with Paul Westcombe

Exploring doodling using any material you have to hand (e.g. pens, pencils, felt-tips, highlighters, watercolour.) You can utilise throwaway packaging from around the home or from a takeaway. Drawing from whatever takes your fancy; objects around you, photographs, imagination or a combination of each. This is a great workshop to learn about circular narratives.

Freestyle doodling with Paul Westcombe

Freestyle doodling with Paul Westcombe

Freestyle doodling with Paul Westcombe

Exploring doodling using any material you have to hand (e.g. pens, pencils, felt-tips, highlighters, watercolour.) You can utilise throwaway packaging from around the home or from a takeaway. Drawing from whatever takes your fancy; objects around you, photographs, imagination or a combination of each. This is a great workshop to learn about circular narratives.

Learn how to draw your hand with Marianne Walker

Learn how to draw your hand with Marianne Walker

Learn how to draw your hand with Marianne Walker

Learn how to draw your hand. Marianne is right-handed and uses her left as a subject, if you are left-handed please use your right as the subject. Drawing is a fantastic way to learn and interact with the world. All that you need for this simple tutorial is a pencil, paper, eraser and pencil sharpener. Marianne currently teaches an online drawing class for the Blyth Music and Arts Centre called Drawing Together and a summer school programme is about to be advertised with Imperial College short courses.

Plaster relief with Sarah Gillham

Plaster relief with Sarah Gillham

Sarah Gillham will show you how to make a plaster relief of an impression of found objects

Sarah Gillham will show you how to make a plaster relief of an impression of found objects (Sarah used handprints, wildflowers and Captain America!). This process involves using a clay mould to take the impression. You can stop at this point or continue to make a plaster iteration. This is a fun process which you can do with a child, it’s a bit like making a cake!

Hasty (Drawing a caricature)

Hasty (Drawing a caricature)

Hasty (Drawing a caricature) with Thomas Hylander

In this Short film Thomas Hylander shares a technique using blind drawing to make quick caricature portraits. Drawing from photos or using a mirror draw without looking at your paper. The drawing will definitely be wonky and full of warped mistakes and nothing like the face you used as source material and that is the point. Use this as a basis for your caricature by adding some shadows and details to tie it together. The mistakes and distortions gives a surprising new perspective. Enjoy.

Art drawing from within

Drawing from within

Drawing from within with Mindy Lee

Drawing from within, is a freeing, loosening up, subjective drawing exercise. It is especially good if you have artists block. This exercise will allow you to simply draw without worrying about finding a likeness to something. Surreal imagery will appear later on through suggested forms. There is a great freedom to change your mind throughout the whole of this lesson.  Your drawing will end differently each time you do the class.

 

Pencil crayon drawing with Clare Wilson

Pencil crayon drawing with Clare Wilson

An onling art class with Clare Wilson doing pencil crayon drawing.

Clare Wilson will show you about sketching from a still life with water soluble pencil crayon. Use the materials quick and sparingly to keep work fresh.

Mirror portrait with Tom Walker

Mirror portrait with Tom Walker

Mirror portrait with Tom Walker contorted expression using mixed media

An exploration into contorted expression using mixed media. Here Tom uses graphite, acrylic pens and cooking oil, allowing the materials to spill and bleed into each other, adapting and reworking as he goes along.

Continuous Line Pencil Drawing

Continuous Line Pencil Drawing

Pencil drawing with Mindy Lee

All you need is a pencil and piece of paper to do this. I would avoid using a clicker pencil, like I used!

If you give it a go, please do share on Instagram and tag me in @blyth_arts


Object Repeat with Mindy Lee

Object Repeat with Mindy Lee

Object Repeat with Mindy Lee

Thinking and making through repeat investigations into the same object. This is a great way to find your subject and try out different elements of an object without getting too precious about your artworks. Investigate different ways to depict such as shade, tone, pattern, form, colour and movement. Enjoy happy accidents and then look at how you have made your image in relation to the thoughts you first had about it.

Blind Drawing with Mindy Lee.

Blind Drawing with Mindy Lee

Blind drawing with Mindy Lee. A freeing, quick and fun approach to drawing.

Blind drawing with Mindy Lee. A freeing, quick and fun approach to drawing. This technique allows you to tune into your speed and gestures without the need to worry about the look of your work, with surprising results.

Gouache with Clare Mitten

Gouache with Clare Mitten

Gouache with Clare Mitten

A fast and slow mini introduction to working with gouache, covering selection of paper and brushes, and a pattern exercise to get you going.

Creativity/Covid-19 Online Exhibitions

An online Exhibition 'Memories of a City' by Rula Murtada

A solo exhibition of watercolours that capture the energy of Beirut. 'Memories of a City'

By Imperial College staff member Rula Murtada

An online Exhibition 'Memories of a City' by Rula Murtada

An online Exhibition 'Memories of a City' by Rula Murtada

An online Exhibition 'Memories of a City' by Rula Murtada

A solo exhibition of watercolours that capture the energy of Beirut. 'Memories of a City'

By Imperial College staff member Rula Murtada

Mosaic Sculptures by Robert Spence

Mosaic Sculptures by Robert Spence

Mosaic Sculptures by Robert Spence

Robert Spence discusses his Mosaic Sculptures

Drawing Together Exhibition

Drawing Together Exhibition

Drawing Together Exhibition

An Exhibition of drawings by participants on the Drawing Together course, Spring 2020
Drawing Together Exhibition. A joint venture between The Blyth Music and Arts Centre and Imperial College Short Courses.