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AYM: Beethoven Pastoral Project

17 - 21 February 2020

How we can harness music for societal change and make a stand against climate change? Through developing an awareness of acoustic ecology, its connection to landscape, time, place and music, the Pastoral Project aims to empower us, and focus attention on, Climate Change.

The Beethoven Pastoral Project is a global movement urging artists of all kinds to make an artistic statement for climate change. There are three main ways: engaging with the Pastoral Symphony, uploading the fruits of our engagement onto the BPP international website, and performing the Pastoral Symphony on Earth Day 2020 and other important climate dates.

We will be doing at least the first two. Weaving music, sound art, technical recordings, poetry, composition, improvisation, visual art, philosophy, personal scrapbooks, natural object trove and contact with nature through sound walks along the Snape Warren Nature Reserve on our doorstep, this course encourages you to explore all artistic avenues in creating something that will increase attention on climate change and hopefully put pressure on politicians to make the relevant changes. By opening your eyes to your surrounding region and taking that as a starting point, you will artistically question the broader relationship between humans and nature. This course will be both inter- and multidisciplinary and is about equipping you with a variety of artistic skills for you to, in complete yet supported freedom and fun, engage personally and collectively with nature in raising awareness about climate change.




Alex Booty
Luke Brueck Seeley
Rachel Caldwell
Bethan Callow
Hope Codrington-Fernandez
Lucian Crosby
Kitty Culhane
Vera Edgington
John Green
Imogen Gotch
Connor Hargreaves

Grace Harman
Isaac Holt
Alfred Hopkins
Dominic Howard
Olivia Hughes
Laura Hussey
Finn Lihoreau
George Mooney
Auriel Pawsey
Tom Penny

Olivia Ransome
Lily Rayner
Iris Rea
Rosie Scott
Acer Smith
Ollie Talbot
Laurie Taylor
Anna Treutler
Clementine Tuffrey
John Webster

Open Session

The Open Session for this residency is at 4pm on Friday 21 February 2020 in the Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings.

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About the artists

Hilary Sturt

Hilary Sturt studied the violin with Shiela Nelson, David Takeno, and Felix Andrievsky, graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music with solo, chamber and contemporary music prizes. As a violinist and violist she performed and recorded worldwide with Ensemble Modern for 20 years, including notable projects with Frank Zappa, Peter Eotvos and Pierre Boulez. She has been guest leader of many British ensembles and chamber orchestras, a member of the Rasumovsky Quartet and Apartment House, winners of the Philharmonic Society Award for the Most Outstanding Chamber Music in 2011. Hilary is much in demand as a teacher, adjudicator, conductor and sits on many audition and interview panels throughout the UK. She is Head of Strings at St Paul’s Girls’ School, Head of Chamber Music at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, Instrumental Teaching Tutor at the Senior RCM, a Diploma examiner for the Associated Board. Hilary recorded the violin syllabus Grades 1-4 for the ABRSM in 2015 and the repertoire for the new 2020 ABRSM violin syllabus. Most recently, she was awarded an MA from the Institute of Education. A delightfully misbehaved rescue dog,a loom, and her husband’s home-made bread keep her grounded.

Al Mobbs

I love music and am keen to put something back into the system through which I earn my living. I have returned to the Royal College of Music, where I studied, along with other higher education institutions on numerous occasions to deliver lectures to both undergraduate and postgraduate students on music business and entrepreneurship. I was elected to the board of the Association of Independent Music (AIM) serving as a director from 2010-14 and represented AIM at UK Music both on the main board and on the UK Music Skills Board championing both the rights of independent music companies and matters of education and skills. Equality and Diversity has been a primary focus and in particular the areas of gender and access. I believe strongly that whether it is a commercial outlet, an art form, a hobby or anything in between, music is for all.

Duncan Chapman

Duncan Chapman is a composer & sound artist who regularly works with leading music organisations throughout the world. Recent projects include work at Casa da Música (Porto), a large scale orchestral piece ‘But where do we get the water?’ (London Chamber Orchestra) for orchestra, young players/laptop ensemble; directing the Fanfare project for young composers (Royal Opera House) and schools projects with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Performances with Supriya Nagarajan (Manasamitra) include Lullabies project at the Ultima Festival (Oslo); the Kamppi “Chapel of Silence” (Helsinki), Harpa concert hall (Reykjavik), Casa da Música (Porto) and a 2019 tour of the UK & Australia. He is a contributor to courses at De Montfort & York Universities & is has been external examiner at Aberdeen & Goldsmiths Universities as well as mentoring work for Sound And Music. 

Dide Siemmond

Dide is a writer, composer/musician/singer and artist. Her work tends to be multidisciplinary and is socially engaged revolving around profound social issues and philosophical concepts.

Isobel Doncaster

Isobel is a violist and singer, currently studying viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with Professor Matthew Jones. She has a wide variety of interests ranging from modern experimental music, to fusion jazz and soul, and enjoys taking on new challenges and exploring new genres. Through her time at Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Isobel gained a great curiosity for exploring ways in which to engage with all kinds of music, through group composition and workshop classes. Over the last few years, she has had the pleasure of leading several workshops and being a tutor on a chamber music course, at AYM. She is a fulltime student at Guildhall and plays with the Nelmes Quartet, a string quartet made up of fellow Guildhall students, who have worked astutors at the Centre for Young Musicians at Morley College, and performed in several internal concerts and competitions over the last year. Isobel also performs alongside her peers and bandmates in many gigs across London, including a recent set at the Royal Albert Hall, as part of Georgia Morgan-Turner’s band. Isobel is a creative and enthusiastic musician with an eagerness to explore new and exciting ways to experience music.

Find out more | Key contact

Tilly Gugenheim – Producer, AYM
01728 687165


AYM is generously supported by Arts Council England, Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundations, The Cedar Trust, in memory of Sheila Stainton, The Department for Education, Foyle Foundation, The Ganzoni Charitable Trust, The Leverhulme Trust, Limbourne Trust, Sorkin Family Charitable Trust, Trinity College London and the Garfield Weston Foundation, in addition to a number of generous individuals, including Edward Bray, Professor Sir Barry Ife and Jeremy & Elizabeth Wagener.