Rituals

Collaborative multimedia project with lecturer Litha Efthymiou

University of Lincoln’s music department welcomes newly appointed music lecturer Litha Efthymiou into their team. Litha has spent the last year working on a multimedia project in collaboration with historian Kati Ihnat, harpsichordist Jane Chapman, dancer Harriet Parker-Beldeau, theatre artist Esme Patey-Ford and composer Effy Efthymiou. Together, historian and artists engaged in an interdisciplinary devising process to create the piece Rituals to Mould Her With. Inspired by the research of the Old Hispanic Office project (supported by ERC) at the University of Bristol, Rituals is based on an early medieval celebration of the Virgin Mary in Spain, a unique ritual that transmitted a powerful message about virginity as the highest feminine ideal. Informed by foundational Christian texts written for women, this ritual helped to shape what the perfect Christian woman should be: she should live enclosed, intact and untouched, in the image of the Virgin Mary. Rituals reimagined the ritual from a modern perspective, exploring the tension between male ideals for women and women’s reinterpretation of these ideals for themselves. The music plays a major role in reflecting these tensions through its harmonic and structural formation, and also through the use of extended harpsichord techniques.

So far, the work has been performed in four venues around the UK: Kings Place (February 2017), Handel and Hendrix in London (May 2017), Turner Sims in Southampton (December 2016), and the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol (November 2016). The work is supported by the Brigstow institute, Hinrichsen Foundation and RVW Trust.

 

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Promotional poster for UoL lecturer Litha Efthymiou’s collaborative compositional project.

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Promotional poster for UoL lecturer Litha Efthymiou’s collaborative compositional project.

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Das Funk performs at the Platform Bar

Band – Das Funk
Date – May 9th 2017
Location – The Platform Bar

The mighty Das Funk played their first gig at the Platform Bar tonight. Their soulful and funky covers went down a storm and got the audience on their feet and shaking their thing. The lead singer (Amber Shucksmith) blew the crowd away with her incredible vocals for the bands take on The White Stripes ‘7 Nation Army’. You can hear her take it to the next level in the clip below.

Das Funk is run by University of Lincoln’s music department.

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Labyrinth of a Life – a level 2 production

Labyrinth of a Life was an interactive exhibit held for 2 nights on 26th-27th of April. The free event that took place at University of Lincoln’s Project Space Plus, was imagined and created by Level 2 students from the theme ‘Maze’. Continue reading

University of Lincoln Choir performing

End of Year Performances

As we approach the end of this academic year, students are preparing for a multitude of performances, including first year recitals, second year performances, and the Joint Show project, ‘Labyrinth of a life‘. But this week we’re excited to have the first joint performance of the University Chamber Orchestra and University Choir, alongside other Music Department groups, at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. Continue reading

Free Improvisation workshop

Free Improvisation Workshop with band Valia Calda

We invited 2nd Year BA Music student Zoe Yeung to give her impressions of the free improvisation workshop led by London-based jazz band Valia Calda at Project Space Plus (University of Lincoln). Students were given the opportunity to conduct an improvised piece based on simple gestures which led to a myriad of interesting and vastly different compositions.

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