Welcome to 2024, the start of a new and inspirational season
Posted by More Music on 03 January 2024
We start the year on 5 & 6 January with something for the youngest members of our community, children under 4 and their adults, Raven Tales. Fresh from its sell out success at Lancaster Music Festival, this is a very special story show with songs, shadows and lots of joining in, it is engaging and full of charm and not be missed.
There’s a fabulous range of gigs on offer too. More Music and The Platform will host a showcase of emerging artists on 20 & 21 January and 24 & 25 February. The gigs will also be supported by local artists and will give aspiring sound and lighting engineers the opportunity to gain valuable experience at a live event.
Recognising the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day, a day which is dedicated to encouraging remembrance in a world scarred by genocide, there will be commemorations and reflections at Lancaster Town Hall on 25 January. The week also sees an interfaith service at Lancaster Priory, there’s an exhibition from Morecambe Artist Colony at Morecambe Library and the film, One Life (pg) will be screened at The Dukes.
The exceptional This is the Kit return, and this time they will play at Kanteena on 28 January. Kate Stables and her band promise a “joyful antidote to this current point in our confusing history”.
Our ‘All the Right Notes’ gigs continue with a colourful and exuberant celebration of African music from Anna Mudeka on 3 February and then on 2 March, Angeline Morrison folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist visits the Morecambe venue. On 23 February the inimitable Blowzabella return, this time in collaboration with the distinctive, joyful and diverse National Youth Folk Ensemble.
2024 marks the 20th anniversary of the Morecambe Bay cockling tragedy, which will be commemorated with a special event on February 4th. Sigh of the Sea starts with reflections on the beach followed by an evening of music and food at More Music’s venue featuring the Long Walk Chinese Ensemble and virtuoso flautist and cook Guo Yue.
Birdsong is a new work commissioned by Baylight 2024, which will explore the extraordinary bird life of Morecambe Bay. It’s a sensational installation of animation and music, taking place at Morecambe’s famous Winter Gardens for three nights only during half term.
Our Youth Programme offers fantastic opportunities for young people to gain skills and to perform. During March, there’s Stages Live and Loud, a showcase event featuring emerging young artists and Girls Can, an inspirational weekend for young women to develop their musical, technical and professional practice.
The season culminates with another amazing show for early years – Magic Islands of Music on 29 & 30 March is for children under 3 and their parents or carers. Immersive and interactive activities blend singing, music, light, texture, colour and shadow to create a truly magical experience for young children and their families.
More Music’s also offer a regular programme of workshops and ensembles has something for everyone and beginners are welcome.