Stan's Cafe: One looks, marvels and understands
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A day of musical fun and games
presented by
Birmingham Conservatoire

Dip in between 12:00 & 17:00 on 6th May, 2012
Tickets: 6 (4 cons) on-line or on-door.

featuring performances of:

Ping! By Joe Cutler
Ping! is a collaboration between composer Joe Cutler, the Coull String Quartet and Fusion Table Tennis Club which explores the distinct sounds and rhythms that table tennis players can create. The piece will create intricate cross-rhythms between table tennis players and the string quartet, with film by international visual artist Tom Dale.

Five Rings Triples by Howard Skempton
'Five Rings Triples' is Howard Skempton's Olympian twist on the English Change Ringing tradition - a heady combination of music, sport-like skill, and maths for the world's heaviest instruments. During the day you can hear the piece being rung at St Paul's Church by the Coventry Diocesan Guild of Bellringers, visit the bell tower, discover the art of bell ringing and much more.

The Voyage by Michael Wolters & Stan's Cafe
The Voyage is a playful opera for a voice, a double bass and eight recorders in which the audience travel on a journey with a young hero seeking to become an immortal in a fateful trial of speed. Hold onto your seats.

plus video screening of Twenty Seven Heavens by Richard Causton.

The Voyage 12:00
Ping! 12:40
The Voyage 13:00
Twenty-Seven Heavens (screening) 13:20
Ping! 13:40
The Voyage 14:00
Twenty-Seven Heavens (screening) 14:20
Five Rings Triples (St.Paul's Church) 14:40
The Voyage 15:00
Five Rings Triples (St.Paul's Church) 15:40
Twenty-Seven Heavens (screening) 16:00
The Voyage 16:00
Ping! 16:20
Five Rings Triples (St.Paul's Church) 16:40
The Voyage 17:00
plus Table Tennis Robot, wii-games, Badge Making, Belfry Visit, Face Painting plus Cafe.

Throughout the day there will be chances to play games, make your own art and enjoy refreshments indoors or out.

Arrive when you want, stay as long as you want, It's the chance for a family adventure into amazing new music.

Ping It, Ring It, Roll It, Write It is supported by Arts Council England. Ping!, Five Rings Triples, The Voyage and Twenty-Seven Heavens are all commissioned by PRS for Music Foundation as part of New Music 20x12. New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme initiated by Jillian Barker and David Cohen, and delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with the BBC, LOCOG, Sound and Music and NMC Recordings.

New Music 20x12 is generously supported by the following committed patrons and funders: Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, John S. Cohen Foundation, PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, Columbia Foundation Fund of the Capital Community Foundation, Incorporated Society of Musicians, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, RVW Trust, Charlotte and Dennis Stevenson, Tolkien Trust, The Leche Trust, The Bliss Trust, Finzi Trust, The Worshipful Company of Musicians, Lilian Slowe, John and Ann Tusa, John Wates Charitable Trust, Richard Walduck, Honeymead Arts Trust, and Sir Anthony Cleaver.

New Music 20x12 is a UK wide programme which consists of twenty outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. New Music 20x12 commissions will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and tour the UK, enabling as many people as possible to enjoy excellent new music as part of our celebrations of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

A flyer can be downloaded from here.